Course Organiser:  Sian Jones – Orthopaedic Institute Ltd

 2017/2018 has seen 24 well-received courses organised by the Institute.  Consistently appreciated are the thrice-yearly Clinical Examination and Viva Courses, designed as preparation for the FRCS Part II Examinations taken by Registrars hoping to become Surgeons.  These are much-admired courses and always over-subscribed, which has led to copy-cat versions of the courses worldwide.  However, the Oswestry Courses maintain their enviable status as the premier courses gained, almost entirely, as a result of the continuing participation of the highest quality Examiners, along with around 40 Patients willing to give up their time to be examined by the candidates. We are grateful for the long-standing and new relationships formed with both the Examiners and Patients.

Other long-running courses in the annual list were the Intensive Course in Basic Science in Orthopaedics, in its 26th year in 2018, and the now twice-yearly Anatomy and Surgical Exposures in Orthopaedics, judged overwhelmingly excellent by almost all delegates who attend.  The GP Study Days run by Mr Stuart Hay and Dr Fiona Hay always attract very large numbers of delegates and this year saw four covering a wide range of topical subjects.

 COURSE LIST FOR 2017/2018



3-4 April

Intensive Course in Clinical Examination for FRCS (TR & Orth)

5 April

One Day Viva Course for FRCS (Tr & Orth)

8 May

Spine Pain and Spinal Pain Treatments

9 May

Imaging of Orthopaedic Implants

13 May

Fracture Management for FY1/FY2/CT1/CT2/Orthopaedic Medical Students

19 May

GP Dementia Study Day

5-6 July

10th Oswestry Shoulder and Elbow Course

14 September

GP Sports Injuries Study Day

20 September

3rd Shropshire Conference for SAS Doctors

22 September

Intra-Operative Neuro-Monitoring for Spinal Surgery

5-6 October

11th Oswestry Cartilage Symposium

12-13 October

Inaugural Hand & Wrist Course

16-17 October

Intensive Course in Clinical Examination for FRCS (TR & Orth)

18 October

One Day Viva Course for FRCS (Tr & Orth)

19-20 October

Anatomy and Surgical Exposures in Orthopaedics

8-9 November

Spinal Imaging

23 November

GP Joint Injection Study Day

4-6 December

16th Oswestry Foot & Ankle Course





7-12 January

26th Intensive Course in Basic Science in Orthopaedics

15-16 January

Intensive Course in Clinical Examination for FRCS (TR & Orth)

17 January

One Day Viva Course for FRCS (Tr & Orth)

18-19 January

Anatomy and Surgical Exposures in Orthopaedics

16 February

GP Cardiology Study Day

24 March

ST3 Interview Course (Knowledge)

Delegates enjoyed the inaugural Oswestry Hand & Wrist Course, convened by Messrs Kelly and Roushdi.  Run along very similar lines to the annual Shoulder & Elbow Course, including an exceptionally informative live surgery element, the course will now become another annual event.


Foot and Ankle Course December 2017

The undisputed highlight of the 2017/2018 year was the 11th Oswestry Cartilage Symposium, which attracted participants and delegates from around the World.  It was at this Symposium that Professor James Richardson and his team announced that, after years of trials, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) was making a rare treatment for arthritis in the knee (Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation – ACI) available on the NHS.

Looking to 2018/2019, there will be two new courses:  The ORLAU team (Orthotic Research and Locomotor Assessment Unit) are offering a three-day course concentrating on Gait and Mr Birender Balain - Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon is to run a new Spinal Course.  We look forward to these most interesting courses.

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 both nationally and internationally.