2015 Annual Congress British Orthopaedic Association
Dr. Tony Rhorer was the invited guest of the British Orthopedic Association 2015 Annual Congress in Liverpool, United Kingdom. He had the distinction of giving the memorial Adrian Henry lecture. The lecture topic was complexities of fractures of the osteoporotic tibia.
The British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) is the Surgical Specialty Association for Trauma and Orthopaedics in the UK.
They provide national leadership, a unifying focus, and charitable endeavor by:
- Caring for Patients
- Supporting Surgeons
- Transforming Lives
As a charity they care for patients by raising funds for and promoting research into musculoskeletal disorders. They also operate a benevolent fund to support their members in time of need.
As a membership organization they care for patients and support surgeons by focusing on excellence in:
- Professional Practice
- Training and Education
The British Orthopaedic Association was founded in 1918 with twelve founding members. It now has over 4000 members worldwide, the majority based in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It is a pivotal organization within the British surgical scene, representing some 40% of the total surgical workforce.
Membership is made up of Consultants (active or retired), Surgeons in training and Staff and Associate specialist grades (SAS). There are over five hundred overseas members.
The British Orthopaedic Association is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee.
What they do
Their vision is a vibrant, sustainable, representative orthopaedic community delivering high quality, effective care to fully informed patients. They seek to achieve this by ensuring that the Government’s Health Care reforms take full account of the need for properly resourced and accessible musculoskeletal services. This is important given the UK’s demographics and the fact that musculoskeletal disorders account for annual expenditure of some £5Bn: trauma and orthopaedic practitioners really can transform their patients’ lives.
They can only deliver on the vision by providing clear national leadership for the trauma and orthopaedic surgical community. That means engaging their patients, offering real value to their members and Specialist Societies, making their charitable work count – especially in the field of research. It also means that they must ensure their voice is heard at the most influential levels in Government, Whitehall, the NHS, and industry. That entails focused advocacy and the clearest possible communication of their core messages. It also entails close working with their partners in the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA).
Their mission and strategy
Their mission, therefore, is to advance for the public benefit the practice, art and science of orthopaedic surgery. To do this they have designed a strategy focused on their core objectives of excellence in professional practice, training and education, and research.
For each core objective they are currently developing a five year plan that sets out short, medium and long term deliverables. They review progress in each area periodically throughout the year, culminating with an annual report to Council. Because of the pace of change across the health care system they keep that report light on words and long on substance in the form of a presentation: effectively it becomes a decision support tool to inform future priorities across their three core objectives.
Dr. Rhorer has published in orthopaedic trauma literature and he is widely known for his speaking and teaching abilities. He has been an invited lecturer in forty states, five countries and four continents outside of North America. His primary interests are management of complex fractures of the lower extremity, pelvis and acetabulum. He has a special interest in treatment of nonunion of fractures and he has extensive experience with limb salvage, deformity correction and limb length discrepancy. He is proficient in the use of the methods of Ilizarov and the Taylor spatial frame for segmental bone defects, post-traumatic osteomyelitis and nonunion.
Below images of Dr. Tony Rhorer giving the memorial Adrian Henry lecture.