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Enhancing Generalist Skills in Orthopaedic Surgery

28 September 2023

Miss Helen Cattermole, Head of Generalist School Yorkshire & the Humber and National Clinical Advisor for the Enhancing Generalist Skills Programme at NHS England, has recently been awarded the 2023 Robert Jones Gold Medal and Association Prize from the British Orthopaedic Association.

The BOA is the Surgical Specialty Association for Trauma and Orthopaedics in the UK, representing 40% of the total surgical workforce. Members can submit an essay of orthopaedic interest to the annual competition.

 The subject of the winning entry was generalism and orthopaedics and discussed how whilst orthopaedic surgeons traditionally focus on specialty areas, this can result in a less person-centred approach to the delivery of care.

The Future Doctor report and the recently published NHSE Long Term Workforce Plan both advocate the need for greater generalist skills and the Enhancing Generalist Skills (enhance) programme has been developed by NHS England to incorporate this training into medical and multi-professional practice.

Helen’s submission outlines areas where practical examples of generalist clinical and behavioural skills might be relevant to orthopaedics and concludes that those who have generalist knowledge, skills and attitudes will be better equipped personally and professionally to navigate themselves and their patients through the changing healthcare landscape.

Read the winning entry here.

Find out more about the enhancing generalist skills programme.

Miss Helen Cattermole holding her Gold Medal