The Association of Orthopaedic Practitioners UK


BOA's recommendations on casting practice during the current Covid-19 pandemic.
Guidance Document as of 30th April.
More information and other related documents can be found on the BOA website.

AOP AGM Minutes for 2020, now available via the Members Area.

Dear All,

As we start to close out one of the most unprecedented years in history, I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the BOA, to thank you all for all for your continued passion, drive and determination that you bring to the Orthopaedic Practitioner Profession and the British Casting Certificate Qualification.

2020 will be remembered for many reasons, and none more so than for all of the additional pressures that were placed on the NHS. This pressure cascaded right through the NHS and we saw more requirements being placed on plaster room staff as we saw routine surgeries cancelled and postponed. We saw plaster room personnel re-deployed to different areas, plaster room staff moving locations as they lost their own plaster room facilities, and the BCC courses directly affected due to the impact of Covid-19. Throughout all of this the profession should be proud having worked through the most challenging of times and continuing to deliver excellence in patient care, whilst I believe, increasing the awareness and importance of the profession and the role of the Orthopaedic Practitioner.

There have been many lives lost through this pandemic, and the Orthopaedic Profession lost one of their own in Kevin Smith from Doncaster Royal Infirmary. My thoughts are with Kevin's family at this difficult time of year.

There are still many unknowns as we head into 2021, but I am confident with more and more vaccines being made available and people adjusting to the "new way" of doing things that we will be able to move forward in a positive manner.

So as we close out 2020 I would like to wish you all a very happy festive period, spend time with your loved ones and enjoy the downtime that you have. Enjoy a Prosperous New Year, stay safe in all you do and I look forward to seeing you all in 2021.

Kind Regards,


Mark Rees BA (Hons) PCE, Orth (Tech) Cert, RODP
BOA National Casting & Training Advisor

AOP Journal for 2020 now available, via the Members Area.
Due to COVID-19 pandemic there will not be a printed edition this year. The Journal is only available online.

Conference 2019 - Awards and photos from last years conference.

OTA Conference - Change of Date

Due to Covid-19 restrictions the 25th Orthopaedic and Trauma Alliance Conference will now take place on 27th and 28th February 2021 at the Grand Hotel Blackpool. If you have already booked we will carry that booking over to February for you.
Once again, we offer a wide range of presentations and workshops with our usual interactive exhibition and featuring as always, the OTA Dinner with optional Fancy dress. This time the theme is 60s and 70s.
The Conference is our 25th and will look at the changes and milestones in orthopaedics and trauma over that time.
We are pleased to offer AOP members the same discounted rate as OTA members.
Details and booking form can be found on our website

CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) Guidelines

Guidelines for the diagnosis and management of patients with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).

Guidance for the removal of Kirschner wires

This guidance has been approved by the British Orthopaedic Association Casting Sub-committee.

Important information for all orthopaedic practitioners


Update on the British Casting Certificate.

The AOP are proud to support the National Casting Standards.

View / Download here.

AOP position statement for Education and Training

The AOP is now a registered stakeholder for NICE guidelines.
In particular, for these guidelines:-
Venous thromboembolism - reducing the risk (update)
Diabetes foot care (update)

Photos from our previous conferences


This page last updated: 06 January 2021

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