Collaborative Overview of coronaVIrus impact on ORTHopaedic training in the UK (COVI - ORTH UK).

Jayatilaka, Malwattage Lara Tania, As-Sultany, Mohammed, Gabr, Ayman, Thornton, Luke, Graham, Simon, Mason, Lyndon, Farrar, Nicholas Greville, Dickenson, Edward and Abbas, Mohammed (2021) Collaborative Overview of coronaVIrus impact on ORTHopaedic training in the UK (COVI - ORTH UK). The surgeon : journal of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Ireland. ISSN 1479-666X.

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COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on the 11th of March 2020 with the NHS deferring all non-urgent activity from the 15th of April 2020. The aim of our study was to assess the impact of COVID-19 on Trauma and Orthopaedic trainees nationally.


Trauma and Orthopaedic (T&O) specialty trainees nationally were asked to complete an electronic survey specifically on the impact of COVID-19 on their training. This UK based survey was conducted between May 2020 and July 2020.


A total of 185 out of 975 (19%) T&O specialty trainees completed the survey. Redeployment was experienced by 25% of trainees. 84% of respondents had experienced a fall in total operating numbers in comparison with the same time period in 2019. 89% experienced a fall in elective operating and 63% experienced a fall in trauma operating. The pandemic has also had an effect on the delivery of teaching, with face to face teaching being replaced by webinar-based teaching. 63% of training programmes delivered regular weekly teaching, whilst 19% provided infrequent sessions and 11% provided no teaching.


This study has objectively demonstrated the significant impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on all aspects of T&O training.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WE Musculoskeletal. Orthopaedics
Divisions: Planned IP Care > Trauma and Orthopaedics
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Depositing User: Mrs Caroline Tranter
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2021 11:17
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2021 11:17

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