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Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery

Welcome to the Trauma and Orthopaedic rotation!

Our region is centred upon the historic University town of Oxford and extends from Reading in the South to Milton Keynes in the North, and from Swindon in the West to Windsor in the East.

Our speciality deals with conditions that affect the musculo-skeletal system, including those that affect the bone, joints muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves.

We are higher specialist trainees who have a basic surgical training and who are aiming to become Specialist Consultant Surgeons in Orthopaedics and Trauma. The Higher Surgical Training programme lasts for six years (ST3-ST8), with regular teaching, assessment and appraisal.

Who’s Who

Programme Director

Jane Webber

Regional Teaching Director

Michelle Spiteri

Senior Resident

Nick Beresford-Cleary

Oxbone Webmaster

Adam Sykes

OOTA Secretary

Sarah Lancaster

BOTA linkperson

Alex Martin

OOTA Treasurer

Dan Howgate


Training Sites:



John Radcliffe


Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre


Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes

Aylesbury/ High Wycombe


Heatherwood & Wexham Park


Royal Berkshire Hospital


Great Western Hospital




The rotation in which trainees visit hospitals is determined between the Training Programme Director and the individual trainee.  Usually trainees will rotate at least twice through the John Radcliffe, our Regional Major Trauma Centre once as a junior registrar and then later on in their training. Generally the first four years focus on giving a broad experience of all the specialities, whilst the last two years are tailored to the individual’s training needs. A high degree of flexibility is maintained in these plans as trainees are often keen to pursue academic research opportunities within their training, which is encouraged within our Deanery.


We have weekly regional teaching every Wednesday afternoons. These are usually held on the first floor at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in the main Lecture theatre. The second Wednesday of every month is Trauma and is based in the Kadoori Centre at the John Radcliffe Hospital.  Every term we focus on a different speciality such that the teaching cycle is completed every 3 years.  An anatomy session usually occurs at the beginning of every term in the Medical Sciences Teaching Centre, where trainees are able to go through approaches on cadavers and prosections. ‘Mixed grill’ viva practice sessions are usually held after teaching for those coming up to the FRCS  (Tr&Orth.) examination.

Teaching Venues:

Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre.
Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre Lecture Theatre starting at 2.15pm - 5pm

John Radcliffe Hospital.
Kadoorie Centre ( 3rd floor - main building) on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, hosted by the Trauma service starting at 2.15pm.

Medical Sciences Teaching Centre.
South Parks Road, Oxford. OX1 3PL.


Teaching Cycle:

Autumn 2017:    Knee

Spring 2018:       Foot & Ankle

Summer 2018:   Spine

Autumn 2018:    Hip

Spring 2019:       Hand & Wrist

Summer 2019:   Outstanding Issues

Autumn 2019:    Paediatrics

Spring 2020:       Basic Science

Summer 2020:   Upper Limb



Our ARCP process is currently under review. However, at present we hold yearly ARCPs for each trainee, and these are held twice a year in February and June/July. The venue for these is usually within Oxford, however details are emailed closer to the time. For more information please contact :

Jane Bishop, Education Programme Manager, Thames Valley -

Please note her working days are Monday (8am-2.45pm) Tuesdays (9am-5.15pm), Wednesdays (8am-5pm) Fridays (9-5pm)


Useful links:

OXBONE: This is the registrars’ website where news, training information and courses are advertised:

ISCP - This site houses the curriculum for the nine surgical specialties and, in a secure area, trainees’ electronic portfolios and the learning agreements which support training. All trainees using the new curriculum need to register: 

JCST (Joint Committee on Surgical Training): Information needed to register as a trainee and apply for a Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training:

Joint Committee on Intercollegiate Examinations (Exam Board): Calendar of exam dates and guidance:

British Orthopaedic Trainees’ Association: Access to the website of orthopaedic trainees in the UK:

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