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SCOT Zimmer Biomet Travelling Fellowship

We are pleased to announce that following competitive application and interview, three current Scottish Registrars have been awarded the SCOT Zimmer Biomet Travelling Fellowship. For further details see this page. We hope to make this an annual fellowship, with the next round of applications opening in July 2020, for interview at the Summer SCOT meeting.

Dates for the Diary

Please note the following upcoming dates:

Winter SCOT Meeting (Crieff Hydro Hotel) 31/1/20 to 1/2/20

STOTS Meeting (Dunblane Hydro Hotel) 27/8/20

Summer SCOT Meeting (Dunblane Hydro Hotel) 28/8/20

Further information will be posted as it becomes available.

Position Statement Regarding Hip Resurfacing for Patients in NHS Scotland

Metal Resurfacing of Hips

There remains concerns in the press and scientific literature about metal on metal total hip joint replacement bearing surfaces.  Hip replacements/ hip resurfacing with metal-on-metal hip bearings became very popular in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s with implant companies, the popular press, patients and some surgeons being a driving force. In the late 2000’s, however, it became  apparent there was a much higher failure rate (5-6x that of standard hip replacements in some patient groups) with these bearing surfaces. There were also incidences of significant soft tissue damage being caused by metal wear debris, so called pseudo-tumours. NHSScotland is aware of these concerns and takes patient safety seriously.  There are currently no total hip joint replacements using metal on metal bearings being performed in NHSScotland.  Hip resurfacing procedures are not routinely offered in the majority of health boards in Scotland and there are only a small number of specialist centres performing the procedure under close follow up. However, there may be a limited place for metal resurfacings procedures.  The belief that it is easier to revise a hip resurfacing than a hip replacement is misplaced.

This note sets out NHSScotland  position with regard to hip resurfacing with metal bearings. 


Patients should have the option to consider a range of choices to improve their quality of life when they have significant pain or lack of mobility due to damage to a hip joint.


The group of patients to whom a metal hip resurfacing procedure is a potential option tend to be male, young, with good bone quality and with large diameter hips


There must be additional informed and recorded consent agreed with the patient that currently a resurfacing procedure does involve the use of a metal bearing and that there may be a risk of early failure and soft tissue damage due to metallosis.  The patient must agree, and the surgeon must ensure that more intensive follow-up is in place than is routine following standard total hip replacement surgery so any development of metallosis will be found early and managed properly in line with current guidelines for metal hip bearings from the MHRA. This follow up may involve yearly review and x-rays together with blood tests to monitor metal levels that can become elevated.


The surgeon must have significant experience in hip resurfacing procedures, record specific consent for the procedure and ensure follow up according to MHRA guidance


The device chosen must be one with a minimum 10A Orthopaedic Data Evaluation Panel (ODEP) rating Bor be part of a registered research trial.

Patients and surgeons should ensure that the advice from the British Orthopaedic Association and British Hip Society is followed.

Mr Edward Dunstan
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
Chair – Scottish Committee for Orthopaedics & Trauma

Summer SCOT Meeting 2018

A quick reminder of the dates of the Summer SCOT Meeting:

Date: Friday 7 September 2018

Location: Dunblane Hydro Hotel

Draft Programme: Download

The STOTS (Trainee) Day will take place on Thursday 6 September 2018 with a dinner in the evening.

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Summer SCOT Meeting 2017

Dunblane Hydro Hotel
Friday 8 September 2017

Download Draft Programme

Register to attend (attendance limited to Scottish Orthopaedic Consultants & Trainees)

The Summer SCOT Meeting takes place on Friday 8/9/2017 at Dunblane Hydro. The Guest Lecture is by Rhidian Morgan-Jones on the subject of “The Infected Knee Replacement”. There will be updates from the Scottish Arthroplasty Project, along with Registrar free papers.

We are grateful to the following sponsors:

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