The Spring 2015 meeting was kindly organised by Will Thomas and colleagues from Exeter, a city with a strong SWOC history that we have not visited since Daniel Chan hosted in 2006. The venue was a sunny Sandy Park stadium – home to the Exeter chiefs who were out practicing early (before even the most keen of the reps had arrived to set up) prior to their crunch game against Sale.
There was an excellent turnout – with trainees from Peninsula, Bristol and South Wales, and (for the first time in the memory of those present) of consultants from every NHS trust from Cheltenham and Swindon to Truro. Many longstanding members were present, including all those who have held the title “SWOC President” (Peter Peace, Chris Curwen, David Bracey and Tony Ward – although sadly not in a photo together).
We were treated to 21 high-quality presentations from trainees (from nearly 40 submissions), with the prize for the best paper awarded to Jon Kosy for his treatise on the Anterolateral ligament of the knee (seen below receiving certificate from Will Thomas).
The first guest lecture was given by Andy Toms (Exeter) who gave a us the benefit of his expert knowledge on Periprosthetic Joint Infection.
The meeting turnout was undoubtedly swelled by the presence of Prof Colin Howie, current BOA President, who led a presentation and questions session on the BOA’s approach to commissioning, alongside Ian Winson (Vice President elect) and Grey Giddins (Council member).
The 2014 Hampson Prize winner James Berstock (Bristol) presented his work on “Surgcial Approaches in hip and knee replacement”, pictured receiving his prize from current SWOC President Tony Ward.
Dinner was held a short hop over the M5 at the Blue Ball Inn.
The Autumn 2015 meeting will be hosted by Jon Mutimer (seen below with Tristan Barton – Bath), at the Manor by the Lake in Cheltenham on November 20th.
The new Honorary Secretary of SWOC is Shah Punwar – seen below with Koye Odutola (Weston) and Gavin Jennings (Bath).