Training Orthopaedic Trainers Course

The Training Orthopaedic Trainers programme has been established to improve the standard of teaching for those in trauma and orthopaedic (T&O) training and practice. The underlying premise is that if T&O trainers understand how people learn and how the T&O curriculum works, by translating that understanding into action, they should improve their teaching.


Future dates:

8th-9th April (London)

30th April-1st May (Newcastle)


Course Director:

An established T&O surgical trainer and our educational advisor, Lisa Hadfield-Law, facilitates each course. Over the last 15 years, Lisa has trained over 4000 T&O surgeons to teach, from 57 countries within Europe, North America, Latin America, and Asia Pacific.


Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Apply principles of learning including feedback to improve teaching
  • Focus on relevant issues arising from the T&O curriculum
  • Identify personal learning needs
  • Use opportunities in practice for:
    • Assessment
    • Effective small group teaching
    • Lecturing
    • Simulation
    • Reflection
    • Plan how to handle difficult teaching situations
  • Optimise opportunistic teaching and learning:
    • In theatre
    • On a ward round
    • In outpatients and the emergency department



There will be 10 participants on each course and although TOTs is not formally assessed, we offer peer and educator led feedback. ISCP Workplace Based Assessments can be completed incorporating this feedback.

Lisa has had excellent feedback from previous course participants who have made the following comments:

“This course was all I had hoped for, in fact more so. I found it extremely stimulating and worthwhile.”

“Only through courses such as this will we improve the quality of teaching required to take orthopaedic education forward.”

“I found your course enlightening, stimulating and utterly absorbing.”

“Excellent and enjoyable course. For one who thought of himself as a conscientious teacher, I realised the usefulness of modern teaching methods.”

“All doctors need exposing to this at an early stage in their careers.”

“I’ve just had a formal feedback summary from our education lead, and I’ve seen a huge increase in quality scores. All thanks to the techniques I learned.”

“Much more useful and applicable as this was a course aimed at training orthopaedic trainers and not simply a generic teach the teacher course – specifics of the curriculum, technical skills, cases/teaching topics selected.”

“Unusual course structure, where content is inserted around participants discussions and ideas. It works really well as a technique.”

“Lisa clearly has great skill in dealing with delicate training problems.”

“The entire course was excellent. It made me think differently about my entire approach to teaching and learning.”


Course Fees: 

We have made every attempt to keep the course fee to the minimum and will hold the programme at the BOA, unless stated otherwise. The course fee is £400 for BOA members for the two days (£700 for non members). This covers lunch and refreshments on both days.

Fees are payable at the time of registration. Please note that once a place is confirmed, there is a no-refund policy as the budgets are too tight to cope with any last minute cancellations.