October 2014

Membership changes

Clinical Lead A&A Ken Young – taking over as Clinical lead from Gavin Tait


List of Scottish Consultants/ update of emails/ SCOT website                               

Communication remains critical and I am very grateful to Paul Jenkins for his work in setting up a Simplelists account. This is a Group emailing service that allows nominated individuals to group email. The service also provides email list management. scotorth@simplelists.com

Given the understandable concerns about electronic security and the transfer of sensitive information, the time has come for SCOT to communicate only via secure NHS.net or other local nhs mailboxes.

I would be grateful if you could therefore:

1. Email Paul at pjenkins2@nhs.net with a NHS secure email if the one we use isn’t.

2. Do the same for your colleagues in your unit

3. Let us know if you have a SCOT committee role – particularly if you are a recently appointed CD

4. Copy in Jimmy Hutchison at j.d.hutchison@abdn.ac.uk if you are a new Consultant – with your hospital and specialty interest

Paul has also now set up a website (www.scotorth.com) which will be fairly simple and contain information about upcoming meetings, agenda, minutes, programmes, constitution. Some areas are password protected with the generic password skeletonat present.


GIRFT in Scotland

Tim Briggs’ GIRFT report awaited in England – it may be a positive way of benchmarking hospitals and direct resource allocation. Opportunity exists potentially to bring GIRFT to Scotland but there are issues about comparing datasets from the two devolved healthcare systems.

This will be discussed and a decision taken at the winter SCOT meeting in Crieff.

Let us hear your views either via your local representative or tomark.blyth@ggc.scot.nhs.uk


Scottish Orthopaedic Surgery Development Group (SOSDG) 

The 5 workstrands continue to gather pace. Rolling audit being used variably throughout the country. Recent useful discussion at focus meetings involving clinical leads and managers.


National Procurement

The ceiling prices for hips and knees have been agreed with £1250 for a TKR cemented, THR £650 all cemented and uncemented ceramic on ceramic £1350


Upcoming meetings

1. Winter SCOT 2015

Crieff Hydro 23/24th Jan 2015

Invitations and calls for papers are out

2. Scottish MSK Research Group Research Day

5th Dec 2014 –  Dunblane Hydro (or possibly Edinburgh)

Details from hamish.simpson@ed.ac.uk

3. Panceltic meeting, Vale Resort near Cardiff

You should have received an invitation from gavin.tait@aaht.scot.nhs.uk for this

4. Summer SCOT 2015

Dunblane Hydro – Fri 28th Aug 2015


Look out for the SCOT survey monkey coming out before Christmas looking for your views on a number of topics affecting T&O in Scotland.


All the best.


Mark Blyth

SCOT Chair


Glasgow Royal Infirmary

29th October 2014