A very big thank you to all of you who participated in the British trauma Society meeting at Stoke-on-Trent in November 2015, I hope you enjoyed the meeting as much as I did.
It was your presence, your paper/poster presentations and the lively debate that made this meeting such a pleasure. In addition we were educated, entertained and often amazed by our four keynote speakers and the trade kindly contributed generously.
You will agree that Keele Hall in Stoke-on-Trent was an outstanding venue. Over the two days there were 57 podium presentations and 45 poster presentations. The four keynote talks ranged from 20 years of traumatic brain injury in the NHS, to biology of bone healing, to management of infected non-unions and finally a history of spinal injury management and the path to the Paralympics.
On 3rd November, there was a whole day instructional course on external fixation for trainees led by Paul Harwood and Stuart Matthews from Leeds and myself from Norwich and was sponsored by Depuy Synthes. The emphasis was on practical application and everyone applied a pelvic external fixator and a tibial external fixator and in pairs applied spanning external fixators. 6 CPD points have been awarded for this course and the feedback has been excellent. For those who attended the meeting, 2 CPD points were awarded per day.
Remember to also check out the full list of BTS 2015 prize winners which you can do HERE. The judges found it very hard this year based on the calibre of entrants. All the winning papers and posters will be published in Injury.
At the AGM, Miss Aurelie Hay-David from Royal Cornwell hospital was co-opted as Secretary and Miss Abigail Clark-Morgan as Publicity Member and responsibility for the website. Fairly shortly there will be a postal ballot for the posts of Vice-President, Treasurer, Scientific Officer and Medical Student’s Officer which will then be ratified at the next AGM in Birmingham during BTS 2016.
This meeting made a reasonable profit which allows funds for fellowships. Applications for fellowships will soon be available on the website.
Provisionally the next British trauma Society meeting will be held in Birmingham on the 9th and 10th November 2016 with an instructional course on the 8th November. We look forward to seeing you all again and please encourage your colleagues to attend and make it a great event, once again.
Finally a big thank you for the enormous hard work put in by the event’s organisers Archer Yates Associates.
See you in Birmingham!
Mr A D Patel MB, ChB FRCS
President; British Trauma Society