ABOUT THE ROTATION
Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, (Oswestry)
Royal Shrewsbury Hospital,
The Princess Royal Hospital – Telford,
University Hospital North Midlands (Stoke),
Hereford County Hospital,
Wrexham Maelor Hospital, (North Wales)
Bangor Hospital, (North Wales)
The Oswestry/Stoke rotation has a prestigious history in the world of orthopaedics. The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital was founded by Dame Agnes Hunt and Sir Robert Jones, the grandfather of orthopaedics. The Spinal Disorders Unit pioneered many spinal basic science concepts, techniques and scoring systems, such as the Oswestry Risk Index and Oswestry Disability Index. All trainees will spend time in Royal Stoke University Hospital where they will experience major trauma, at one of the UKs busiest trauma units. The regional hospitals in Shrewsbury, Hereford, Telford, Wrexham and Bangor have excellent trainers who work hard to develop trainees and help them gain the experience and skills required of an orthopaedic surgeon.
The Oswestry Stoke rotation is able to offer general and subspecialist training in all areas of orthopaedics. We have a culture of teaching supported by enthusiastic trainers in each unit. We generally place registrars in District General Hospitals at the beginning of the rotation, and the latter years of training are either in Stoke or Oswestry. We ensure that trainees have their peri exam placements in Oswestry where we can offer more intensive teaching. This entails daily one on one teaching viva sessions covering the FRCS curriculum. The rotation has nearly a 100% pass rate 1st time for the FRCS exam over the last 12 years. Non-exam trainees have weekly teaching on a Friday afternoon.
ABOUT THE REP
Being Regional Rep for BOTA allows me to represent my local training area on a national trainee forum, be a voice for trainees and receive up-to-date information which I can then disseminate. I have a keen interest in teaching and research and I am vice chair of OSCAR (Oswestry and Stoke Collaborative for Audit and Research) promoting audit and research participation in the Oswestry/Stoke rotation. Course convenor for the West Midlands Orthopaedic and Surgical Skills Course at the Princess Royal Hospital, Telford. 2019 winner of the Oswestry BT O’Conner Cup for statistics. While currently developing a specialist interest in hand surgery, I enjoy reading, cycling and recently taken up running even signing up for my first half marathon!