Collaborative overview of CoronaVirus impact on ORTHopaedic training in the UK (COVI-ORTH UK)

COVI-ORTH UK, Malwattage Lara Tania Jayatilaka*, COVI-ORTH UK

*Corresponding author for this work

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Introduction 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. Methods 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. Results 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. Conclusion This study has objectively demonstrated the significant impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on all aspects of T&O training.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e331-e337
Number of pages7
Issue number6
Early online date10 Mar 2021
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors would like to thank Fayez Almari, William Aspinall, Ruaraidh Collins, Andrew Crone, Tom Fleming, Abdullah Gabr, Rachael Grupping, Borna Guevel, Ryan P C Higgin, Ibrahim Ahmed Khalil Ibrahim, Efstathios Kostopoulos, Christopher Manning, Mark McMullan, Lorraine Murphy, Mohamed Altayeb Mussa, Richard W Myatt, Ciaran Nolan, Hammad Parwaiz, Pail Rai, Parisah Seyed-Safi, Manpreet Singh Sidhu, Mazen Soufi and Howard C Tribe for providing data for the study by completing the electronic survey.

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Structured keywords

  • Covid19


  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus
  • Pandemic
  • Trauma & Orthopaedics
  • Education
  • Training


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