Orthopaedic Skills for Foundation doctors

Category: Foundation - F2 Regional Teaching Programme

Date: November 2nd 2021 9:00am until 4:00pm

Location: Taunton Racecourse and Conference Centre, Somerset


Open to current F2s only. For more information, please click here to book this course via our MaxCourse Regional Teaching Booking System.

The programme uses days from the study leave allocation. Study Leave needs to be agreed and booked prior to booking onto courses.

Orthopaedic Skills for Foundation doctors

A simulation day covering common trauma scenarios, principles of plastering and surgical skills.

Candidates will be divided into 3 groups, and faculty will be divided amongst the 3 stations. There will be a good ratio of faculty to delegates in all stations.

The morning lecture will aim to give a theoretical guide and an introduction to all of the topics being covered for the duration of the course.

There will also be opportunities to practice knee aspiration during the coffee and lunch breaks.

Trauma Scenario

The aim of this station is to recreate a common scenario or theme and put candidates through their paces. A debrief will accompany the end of the station along with key take home points. A brief summary of topics is listed below.

  • ATLS algorithm
  • Team Roles
  • Imaging
  • Resuscitation
  • Pelvic Binders
  • Secondary survey and temporary stabilisation
  • Open fractures

Principles of plastering

Station will consist of X-ray interpretation, fracture identification, reduction techniques and plaster application. A brief summary of topics is listed below.

  • Ankle fractures – Basic patterns and initial management
  • Wrist fracture –Basic patterns and initial management
  • Types of plaster/splint/sling to know
  • Principles of fracture manipulation.

Surgical Skills

Station will consistent of the 2 skills stations. The candidates will rotate and practice understanding principles and applying the skills as discussed. Brief summary of topics covered are listed below.

  • Sawbone workshop – Insertion of lag screw, application of compression plate
  • Suturing