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Important update on the BTS 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting

Unfortunately due to the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic, the 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting of the British Trauma Society has been cancelled.

We will reconvene in Oxford on the 24th and 25th November 2021.

Pre Conference Workshops – Tuesday 23rd November 2021

Further information on Abstract Submission and Registration will be posted over the coming months.

Greetings to all fellow members of British Trauma Society in this tumultuous year of Brexit – to do or not to do? 

I have great pleasure in announcing our next annual scientific meeting of the society which will be held on 5th 6th and 7th of November 2019 in Nottingham. But first I would like to reflect on a successful last annual scientific meeting.

BTS 2018

This was held in central Manchester in November 2018 and was well received with very good feedback. It was particularly special as it was the 30th anniversary of its foundation and it fulfilled the aims of the founding members for it to be a multidisciplinary meeting about the care of the injured. The planned celebration was, however, interrupted by a fire alarm at the venue!

There were themed sections to the meeting and included hot topics such as the current emergency preparedness strategies particularly related to terrorist activity. Dr Martin Smith who was involved in the care of the Manchester arena bombing victims gave an outline of the event and provided an update on what had changed in management and preparedness strategies in case of future incidents. Lt Cdr Penn-Barwell explored relevance of application of military experience to civilian terrorist injuries around the theme of ‘how to make good better’.

The increasing relevant silver trauma burden was highlighted with the need for a good early care and a case for early rehabilitation and involvement of a Trauma Geriatrician embedded in the major trauma service was well made by Dr Emily Fielding.

Mr Ananda Nanu, immediate past-president of the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) gave an honest view of trauma training in UK and felt that the European working time directive had potentially compromised trauma training. This led to a healthy discussion with the delegates.

At the AGM Mr Ansar Mahmood was inaugurated as the President of the Society with immediate effect and Mr Matthews was elected treasurer. Ms Aurelie Hay-David was to continue as Secretary and Alex Bolt to continue as Education Officer. Three members were elected to the executive board, namely Ms Sadia Afzal, Mr Paul Andrzejowski, and Dr Rory Bonner.

A prize of £500 was awarded for the best clinical paper to Simon Woods on Tibial shaft fractures and the Montgomery principles: what constitutes reasonable treatment?”

The second prize of £250 was awarded to Youri Peter Alexander Tan and co-authors on “Evaluation of costings in the orthoplastic management of open lower limb fractures”.

A prize of £500 was awarded for the best scientific paper to Thomas Anderson and co-workers on “Intra-medullary nail insertion accuracy: A comparison of the infra-patellar and supra-patellar approach”.

A TLA Medicolegal prize of £250 was awarded to Michael Williamson and co-workers on “Immediate weight bearing after plate fixation of fractures of the tibial plateau”.

Medical student prize of £100 was awarded to Alexander Zargaran “Analysis of the relationship between vitamin D levels and infection in orthopaedic patients”.

A prize of £250 was presented to the best poster “Increasing capture of patient-reported outcomes in trauma research” Grace Turner, Ameeta Retzer, Christel McMullen, Derek Kyte, Karen Piper, Toni Belli, Melanie Calvert.

A BTS raffle prize of £200 was awarded to Rasheed Rabu for attending and engaging with all the trade stands.

BTS 2019

We now turn our attention to this year`s annual scientific meeting of the society. It is being held in the Albert Hall Conference Centre, Nottingham right in the middle of the city where some years ago the society held a very successful meeting.

The 5th November is designated a pre-meeting day. For the whole day there will be an instructional hands-on-course on external fixation in trauma ranging from application of a pelvic external fixator, demonstration of a C-clamp and a discussion on pelvic packing to application of an external fixator to long bones and bridging external fixator across major joints.  Professor Ian Pallister from Cardiff, inventor of the diamond frame for spanning the knee in damage control, will be the guest faculty. This course is aimed at all grades of surgeons, and from previous experience has proved very popular.

The scientific meeting is on the second and third day. Throughout both days, keynote talks will be given by guest speakers who are leading experts in their fields, in between oral presentations by the delegates. During lunchtimes there will be trade led instructional sessions. Time will be allocated for a review of the posters with a prize for the best poster.

The theme on the first day is on care of the critically injured patient with a multidisciplinary approach. Mr Adam Brooks, a general surgeon with hepatobiliary expertise and trauma director of surgery from Nottingham will be presenting on his experience of control of massive haemorrhage. Professor Karim Brohi, a vascular surgeon at the Royal London Hospital and Director of the Centre for Trauma Sciences will be discussing the current concepts around haemorrhage control and resuscitation in massive blood loss. Lt Col Richard Reed will update us on the state-of-the-art critical care interventions and ITU management in major trauma. Finally, Dr Chris Turner will be speaking on “civility saves lives” campaign which highlights how behavioural modification can improve outcomes in trauma.

The theme for the second day will be on reconstructive surgery and rehabilitation in trauma and academic trauma & orthopaedics. Professor Iain Hutchinson, a maxillofacial surgeon at St Bartholomew`s hospital will discuss reconstructive surgery of the face and his Global saving faces initiative. Mr John Edwards from Sheffield will discuss wider implications of rib fractures and management of delayed chronic pain – ‘what we know and what we need to know in rib fracture care’.

Professor Matt Costa from Oxford will be presenting on the current resurgence of academic trauma orthopaedics as well as sharing his experience with conducting meaningful trials and their impact on practice.

On both days there will be oral presentations and they will be judged for several prizes. Owing to an increasing number of presentations from medical students a special prize will be allocated to them.

We would encourage delegates to renew acquaintances and network and at the same time sample some of the local cuisine and beverages of Nottingham. Of interest may be a visit to the Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem – the Trip is widely accepted to be one of Britain’s oldest hostelries and is part building and partly carved into sandstone rock.

Reading this will make you want to participate in BTS Nottingham, so get busy and apply now to attend and even to present a paper or poster and make the meeting another huge success.

Our grateful thanks to the support from our trade sponsors and our event organisers Archer Yates without whom the meeting would not be possible.


Mr Ansar Mahmood

Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic surgeon, Birmingham UK

President of the British Trauma Society

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