The work of our large trauma and orthopaedics unit is delivered over UHL’s three sites and we serve a population of one million.
We are the third largest centre for hip surgery and are home to a purpose-built fracture clinic which houses specialist clinics in spine, hand trauma and frame.
Our children’s orthopaedics service covers both elective and trauma, with our elective work covering hip, spine, arthroplasty, hand, upper limb, foot and ankle.
The trauma service, based at LRI, deals with 3,000 emergency admissions, 250 day cases and 40,000 outpatient attendances each year.
The service has 20 consultants with an additional five consultants providing an acute spine trauma and oncology service. Eight specialist registrars, two clinical fellows at SpR level, 16 juniors at SHO level, three trauma co-ordinators, four ANPs and two new physician’s associates support the trauma service.
For those within this expanding and innovative team who work hard and have an enthusiasm for trauma and orthopaedics, the opportunities are limitless!
We offer a wide variety of learning opportunities including protected teaching and education time, exam preparation, journal clubs and practical sessions.
Improving learning is high on our agenda; we use techniques such as the BJJ virtual learning environment including consultant led interactive sessions. We also have access to a bioskills lab and simulator for anthroscopic procedures for students to practise injection and aspiration techniques.
Our consultants will normally have undergraduate medical students placed with them during clinical duties and are expected to teach alongside their clinical service work. Consultants will also be involved in clinical supervision of postgraduate trainees.
University of Leicester medical students follow a standard five-year programme and undergraduates receive clinical teaching both on the wards and in outpatient settings throughout the course as well as tutorial and lecture style teaching.
Some consultants may choose to take on additional undergraduate and/or postgraduate education and training responsibilities. This activity will be specific, identifiable, evidenced, recognised and appraised, and will be recognised within their SPA allowance.
Enhanced undergraduate duties will include acting as examiners in medical school assessments, providing occasional seminar and small group teaching, lecturing and other phase 1 teaching in addition to individual supervision of clinical students.
Those undertaking specifically agreed undergraduate teaching duties within their SPA allowance are recommended to the university for the title of clinical teacher and those with an additional significant responsibility as a block or clinical education lead within their DCC time are also considered for the award of the title of honorary senior lecturer.
Enhanced postgraduate duties will include acting as an educational supervisor for a foundation or specialty trainee, as divisional education governance lead, contributing to recognised postgraduate-teaching courses such as specialty training programmes or involvement in recruitment of trainees.
We have an increasing number of researchers within the unit, with recent studies including the large multicentre SWIFT trial. We also have access to an Instrom machine to enable basic science research. Two research meetings are held each year at which trainees present their research work.