Recovery of Orthopaedics – challenges and opportunities

12th April 2021


This joint webinar from RCSEd and BOA will explore the issues arising from the almost complete cessation of elective orthopaedic activity for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will review the present waiting list situation, how it has developed and how it may change. The majority of patients on the waiting list will deteriorate over time, but some may opt to decline surgery and others will decline catastrophically with long term implications for the outcome. How do we assess them and prioritise care in an environment of limited resources? How do we ensure equality of access across a whole nation or across a city? How do we assess the unmet need where patients are even reluctant to seek help in the community or primary care? How do we make the very best use of the resources we have so that management is both effective, efficient and safe?


Our panellists include:

  • Philip Turner (Co-Chair)
    Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Immediate Past President of the BOA, RCSEd Council Member

  • Claire Edwards (Co-Chair)
    Consultant Hand and Trauma Surgeon, Chair of the Trauma and Orthopaedics Surgical Specialty Board

  • Julia Trusler - "Orthopaedic waiting lists in the UK – where are we today and where will we be next year?"
    Director of Policy and Programmes at the BOA

  • Deborah Eastwood - "Prioritisation of elective care and the review of patient harm"
    Vice President Elect of the BOA, UCL Professor of Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at Great Ormond Street and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospitals

  • Alastair Murray - "The Scottish recovery strategy"
    Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Associate Postgraduate Dean, South East Scotland

  • David Johnson - "Recovery in Greater Manchester – dashboards and green sites"
    Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Chair of the Greater Manchester Orthopaedic Alliance


1 Hour

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