The Orthopaedic Institute are pleased to have been able to provide support for visiting clinicians to lecture at the hospital and also to support 15 members of hospital staff which included consultants orthopaedic trainees and nursing staff to attend meetings and training courses held in the UK and abroad.   


The following 22 courses were organised by the Orthopaedic Institute during 2015-2016:





13 – 14 April                           Intensive Course in Clinical Examination for FRCS (Orth)




15 April                                   One Day Viva Course




16 – 17 April                           Anatomy and Surgical Exposures in Orthopaedics  




13 May                                    GP Study Day




22 -23 June                              NEDCO Conference




1 – 2 July                                 8th Oswestry Shoulder and Elbow Course




18 September                         Intra-operative Neuro-Monitoring (IONM) for spinal surgery




21 September                         Medical Statistics course




24 September                         Stem Cells Seminar




1 October                                SAS Doctors Conference




12-13 October                         Intensive Course in Clinical Examination for FRCS (Orth)




14 October                              One Day Viva Course for FRCS (Orth)




15-16 October                         Anatomy and Surgical Exposures in Orthopaedics 




4 – 5 November                      Oswestry Spinal Imaging Course




28 November                          Basic Biomechanics Course




7 – 9 December                      14th Oswestry Foot and Ankle Course






10 – 15 January                       Oswestry Intensive course in Basic Science in Orthopaedics




18 – 19 January                       Intensive Course in Clinical Examination for FRCS (Orth)




20 January                               One Day Viva Course for FRCS (Orth)




21 – 22 January                       Anatomy and Surgical Exposures in Orthopaedics 




5 March                                  ST3 Interview Course




7 -9 March                              ENT Course (held at Keele University)




The Intensive Course in Clinical Examination and One Day Viva for FRCS (Tr & Orth) Courses, held three times a year, continue to be in great demand with delegates booking almost a year in advance.    The delegates who attend the courses are preparing for the Intercollegiate FRCS (Tr & Orth) Part 2 Exam following which, as long as they pass, the orthopaedic trainees can then breath a sign of relief as they are now a ‘Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons’ and can then start aiming to become a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon.   The delegates often let us know how they have got on and I enclose an example of the emails received:


“I just wanted to drop you a line and let you know that I passed the exam!      Thank you again for all your help and patience arranging a place on the revision course for me. It was excellent preparation. Please pass on my thanks to the course faculty and organisers. I will be recommending the course to my junior colleagues!”


“I am pleased to inform you that I passed my FRCS Orth exam.  I would like to thank the entire faculty of the Oswestry course for helping me succeed in the exam”


“Our Final FRCS Ortho results came last week and all three of us (Me, C.T. and D.V. S) passed…..big relief......  Thanks for all your help”


Mr Richard Potter, Mr Peter Gallacher and Mr Matt Ockendon continue to be the Convenors for the Clinical Examination courses in January, April and October respectively whilst Mr Christopher Marquis is the Convenor for all the Viva courses.   We are most grateful to the Convenors and all the Orthopaedic Surgeons from this hospital and from outside the hospital who give up their time to come and lecture and examine on all the FRCS courses.  We also thank all the ‘model’ patients who come to help with all the examination sessions on the Clinical Examination Courses.


Picture below are Mr Andrew Bing and Mr Christopher Marquis teaching to delegates on the 14th Oswestry Foot and Ankle Course




 Picture below are Mr Andrew Bing and Mr Christopher Marquis teaching to delegates on the 14th Oswestry Foot and Ankle Course


The Orthopaedic Institute courses have only been possible because of the Trust’s support and the commitment of the Consultants and Specialist Orthopaedic Registrars.  The Consultants put a tremendous amount of effort into teaching which makes the courses so successful at Oswestry, and this in turn publicises the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital.