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Individual Placement Description
Placement Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery
Year F2
Region North
Hospital(s) Western Isles Hospital, Stornoway
Main Duties of Placement

Foundation doctors always have the opportunity to attend fracture clinics and outpatient orthopaedic clinics. Foundation doctors are first assistant in theatre for elective joint replacements. Orthopaedic department perform multi-disciplinary team ward rounds supported by rehabilitation physicians, orthopaedic surgeon and physiotherapists to provide a holistic care for elderly patients with fracture neck of femur.

Typical Work Pattern

Foundation doctor works under flexible rota and provides out of hours cover across other specialities. 

Learning Opportunities

Foundation doctors are always encouraged to do clinical audit and participate in local multi-disciplinary meetings for presentation of interesting cases to groups of colleagues; both senior as well as junior, nurses, physiotherapists and other Allied Health Professionals.

Western Isles Hospital has excellent postgraduate facilities, including a well-resources library and 24/7 internet facilities for trainees.


The orthopaedic department provides excellent weekly teachings on a one-to-one basis in addition to the multi-disciplinary regular postgraduate meetings on a weekly basis.

There is a video link service with Aberdeen and Raigmore for educational purposes and multi-disciplinary meetings.

Unique Selling Points

Foundation Year 2 trainees work along with the Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in the establishment with no middle grade doctor. This staffing level has privileged Foundation doctors to be first contact in acute trauma cases in the Accident and Emergency Department.  Although Foundation doctors have first exposure to patients, they have continuous support and advice of the orthopaedic surgeon.

It is important to note that this description is a typical example of your placement and may be subject to change.

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