Next Academic Meeting:
- Date: Friday 20th March 2020
- Club president: Mr Philip Johnston
- Club Secretary: Miss Rumina Begum
- Academic Meeting: Downing College, Cambridge – https://www.downing-conferences-cambridge.co.uk
- Academic Lead: Mr Vikas Khanduja
- Guest Speakers:
- Mr Ben Oliviere
- Ms Swee Ang
- Mr Richard Villar (Post Dinner Speaker)
- Deadline for submission: 30th January 2020
- Dinner: The Great Hall, Downing College, Cambridge
- Program – TBC
The Cambridge Orthopaedic Club was formed in 1982, the primary aim of the Cambridge Orthopaedic Club was to provide an opportunity for past and present trainees to meet together annually for both an academic and social meeting.
The inaugural meeting of the Cambridge Orthopaedic Club was in the University Graduate Centre in 1982, with Alan Murley as president. Since then the Cambridge Orthopaedic Club has expanded and members now include past and present trainees, as well as trainers.
Currently the secretary of the Cambridge Orthopaedic Club will return as the president of the club at the annual meeting 13 years later!
There are many notable member of the club, such as Mrs Claire Marx (president of the Royal College of Surgeons 2015) along with several past and current presidents of many of the orthopaedic subspecialty societies (for example BOA, BASK, BHS, BOFAS, BSSH, BESS and BTS).
It is the responsibility of the current trainees to maintain the standards and traditions of the past, with both their excellent contributions and presence at the meetings.
History of the East of England Orthopaedic Training Rotation
In the early days of the NHS, the aspiring surgeon worked exclusively with an individual Consultant on a “firm” for the whole of what would now be called Higher Surgical or Specialist Training. After pre-registration and registrar posts, trainees would then become senior registrars before being suitably appointed as a Consultant when a vacancy arose.
As surgery became more specialised it was felt that future surgeons would need to work for more trainers to gain experience and so moving between firms between district general and teaching hospital posts were created but there were no formal rotations.
The rotation started off as a Senior Registrar rotation in 1972 initially as a 2 year post. Previously in 1970-71 there was initial contact with Richard Howard from Norwich but this failed to progress and the post went to London. The 2 year rotation started with Cambridge and Black Notley and slowly expanded. Gradually previous registrar rotations expanded to include Peterborough in 1980 and Ipswich in 1989 and by 1990 had become part of a 4 year Senior Registrar rotation of Cambridge, Black Notley, Peterborough and Ipswich with the West Suffolk joining in 1991.
The Calman reforms in 1995 introduced seamless training and career registrar and senior registrar rotations were joined into a 6 year training programme.
David Dandy was the first training programme director and with Murray Matthewson oversaw the current programme as we know it with Luton, Bedford and Kings Lynn joining around that time. Norwich joined in 1997 and the first trainee to go there was Fred Robinson. Colchester then joined in 1998 and Chelmsford in 2008 creating the current East Anglian training programme as we know it.
Compiled with the help of Mr David Dandy and Mr Chris Constant