The core philosophy of the BOA is ‘Caring for patients, supporting surgeons’.
The BOA also recognises the need for a positive shift in culture within our profession to ensure all members of the surgical team feel supported and thus allowing them to perform at their best. There is no place for sexism, bullying or undermining of any description in any setting and we are committed to promoting this change across all of our activities. Trauma and Orthopaedic surgery delivers significant benefits to the wellbeing of our patients and this can only be achieved by excellence in training and diversity of our surgeons. Our aim is to champion the best positive workplace behaviours and to challenge inappropriate or outdated practices as they are identified. We are working with allied organisations to effect this change together so that we lead the movement within medicine.
The BOA does not have its own online resources on this issue, but supports the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh ‘Let’s remove it’ campaign, which has a suite of relevant resources here: https://www.rcsed.ac.uk/professional-support-development-resources/anti-bullying-and-undermining-campaign