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AD Patel

Welcome from BTS Immediate Past President Mr AD Patel


Dear Colleagues,

It seems a long time ago since the Annual Scientific Meeting of the British Trauma Society on the 9th and 10th November 2016. Our thanks to Birmingham City Council and their staff who were both helpful and accommodating.

Once again I enjoyed it very much and I hope that you too enjoyed it and came away happy and educated. Thank you for your feedback which has been very positive and the suggestions for improvement which we shall incorporate in next year’s annual scientific meeting which will be held in Sheffield on the 8th and 9th November 2017, with an instructional course on the 7th November. We hope to see you all and many more at next year’s meeting. More information will be available in due course so please keep checking the website for updates.

Over the two days there were 51 podium presentations, and 47 poster presentations. We had four exceptional keynote talks. On the first morning, Mr Theo Tosounidis in his talk on recent advances in acetabular surgery gave an excellent overview of the current state of this injury. That afternoon Professor Porter presented on the ever increasing elderly ‘silver trauma’ and provided principles in their managment. The next morning Professor Giannoudis presented on the current insights in the pathogenesis and management of long bone non-unions. That afternoon we were entertained and educated on the effects of space flights on bones and injuries, Dr Bergita Ganse a resident from Germany gave this presentation and told us she has been shortlisted for space flight. We wish her all the best with her application.

The prize winners for this year are as follows and by now should have received their cheques. These winning papers and poster will be published in the Injury Journal.

1st Prize Best Clinical Presentation: ‘Hindfoot fractures in UK Combat casualties: medium term patient reported outcomes’ – Tom Stevenson

2nd Prize Best Clinical Presentation: ‘Outcome of surgical stabilisation of complex chest wall injuries in a major trauma centre‘ – Hafiz Iqbal

Best Scientific Presentation: ‘The proliferative and osteogenic potential of fracture haematoma‘ – Gavin Walters

Best Student Presentation: ‘Imaging of the cervical spine in trauma: can we simplify the protocol?‘ – Tauseef Ahmed

Best Poster Presentation:To investigate whether polytrauma patients (ISS>15) with scapula fractures, presenting to a major trauma centre, were at increased morbidity or mortality compared to their counterparts’ – Aran Sivakumar, George Cox, Andrew Cole, Campbell Hand

TLA Medicolegal Prize:Get smart or get sued: the essential art of the orthopaedic cast‘ – Jamie A’Court

As a general comment all the papers were clearly and well presented with much enthusiasm. However, on each of the slides generally there was too much information and the fonts could have been larger. Also most presenters need to stick to the allocated time for presentation.

On the 8th November prior to main meeting, a Medico-Legal session was held which was well received and 3 CPD points were awarded.

For the annual scientific meeting 11 CPD points were awarded.

The meeting made a reasonable profit which allows for funding for fellowships. Applications for fellowships are available on the website.

A big thank you to Archer Yates Associates Ltd, the event organisers, and to the trade for their help and participation.

I have now completed my term as President of the British Trauma Society and have now passed the baton to Mr Stuart Matthews who will be the interim president. I wish to thank all the new executive members for their help. The society is now in a strong position and will continue to be the voice for multidisciplinary care of the injured patient.

Yours Sincerely,


Mr A D Patel MB, ChB  FRCS

Immediate Past President of the British Trauma Society

Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of East Anglia, Norwich UK.

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