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Society of Orthopaedics and Trauma Nursing Conference and Exhibition 2017

Challenges and innovations: orthopaedics and trauma across the life span

14 Nov 2017 09:00 - 16:30

Crowne Plaza Chester, Trinity Street, Chester, CH1 2BD

RCN Members: £125+ VAT Non members: 185+ VAT

Check conference fees for discounts

CPD hours: 7

Calls for abstract submissions are now closed. Full programme now available to view.

Explore the challenges and innovations in orthopaedic and fracture trauma care for patients, ranging from children and young people to the older person. Themes include:

  • musculoskeletal care in the child and adult
  • orthopaedic and trauma knowledge and skills: across the life span
  • contemporary approaches in education for the musculoskeletal practitioner.

Past delegates have said…

“This is the first RCN conference I have been to but have thoroughly enjoyed the event and learnt a lot. I definitely want to come again. The topics and speakers have been fantastic and it was a very well organised event. I will encourage others to attend.” (2016)

Why attend?

  • revalidation: earn 7 hours of CPD
  • share innovation and best practice with colleagues in the fields of orthopaedics and trauma, rheumatology, acute and emergency care and critical care
  • network with nurses, HCAs, occupational therapists and physiotherapists in both the NHS and independent sector.

How can I book a place?

The easiest way to book a place is by calling the RCN Events Registration team (Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.30pm) on:


You can also download a booking form and send to:

We regret that we are unable to take any online bookings at present.

Crowne Plaza Chester
Trinity Street

The nearest railway station is Chester Railway Station.

The nearest airports are Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Manchester Airport.

More information on the city of Chester can be found here.

Dr Sandra Flynn, Consultant Nurse in Elective Orthopaedics and Interim Clinical Nurse Lead (Research and Innovation), Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust

Sandra is currently undertaking a secondment as Clinical Nurse Lead, Research and Innovation at the Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust. Sandra has worked in the field of trauma and orthopaedics for over 33 years, working for 10 years as a Consultant Nurse in Elective Orthopaedics at the Countess of Chester with a clinical focus on upper limb work which has included developing a nurse-led minor hand surgery service and clinics.

Her role has a national profile; Sandra has served as a member of the Department of Health musculoskeletal co-ordinating group, forum committee member for the RCN SOTN and editorial board member of the International Journal of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing. In 2015 Sandra was appointed as a specialist advisor to the Care Quality Commission.

In 2013 Sandra was awarded a PhD from the University of Liverpool with a thesis titled Perceptions of Care and Caring: An Orthopaedic Perspective. She has published a number of journal articles and book chapters and recently secured a part-time post as visiting professor at the University of Chester.

David Emery, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust

David is a fellowship trained children's orthopaedic surgeon working in a teaching hospital and major trauma centre in the North Midlands, having trained in London, Southampton, and Toronto. His practice encompasses mostly children's orthopaedics and trauma, but he maintains an interest in adult trauma and spasticity.

Outside of his clinical practice, he is a lecturer at Keele Medical School and with AO Education UK and International.

Alex Bunting MBE, Campaigner with WAVE Trauma Centre, providers of care and support for people affected by 'the Troubles' in Northern Ireland

Professor Jim Harrison, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust

Calls for abstract submissions are now closed. The full programme will be announced at the start of September.


RCN member: £125 + VAT

Non-member: £185 + VAT

  • save 40% if you are a nursing student, nursing associate, retired, an HCA or AP
  • accredited RCN trade union representatives get 25% off
  • paying with an RCN credit card? Save £15 when you book your place.


Exhibit with the RCN and reach your target audience!
The RCN Society of Orthopaedics and Trauma Nursing Conference and Exhibition is an unrivaled opportunity to connect with the UK's leading nurses working in orthopaedics and trauma nursing. There are a number of ways for you to be involved in the exhibition giving you the opportunity to network and raise your profile within this nursing arena.  
For exhibition packages and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Mark Wilkins on 014428700143 or email
Availability is limited and so spaces are allocated on a first come first served basis.


Stand 1: Win Health Medical Ltd
Stand 2: ConvaTec
Stand 3: National Osteoporosis Society
Stand 5: Elsevier
Stand 6: Royal College of Physicians
Stand 7: National Joint Registry
Stand 8: British Casting Course
Stand 10: Royal Naval Reserve


To book your place, contact the RCN Events Registration team (Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.30pm) on:

For further information on the conference, please contact:

Annie Muyang, Conference & Events Organiser


How to justify your attendance at a workshop

Many budgets have been slashed, and NHS trusts and other healthcare providers are increasingly reducing or cutting training budgets to save costs. However your continuing professional development is important for your practice and future career. Revalidation is now a key component of renewing your registration, so you can continue practising as a registered nurse. Conferences, professional seminars and workshops are a great way to keep yourself and your CPD updated

If you feel that the training you receive at a conference is worth the cost, then you'll probably need to justify it. Conferences are especially difficult as there is the time off you’ll need to attend, as well as the cost of travel and sometimes accommodation if it’s not close to home. You need to prove the time away from your workplace is both value for money and will directly improve the care you provide your patients.

Some tips to consider...

  • requesting the time – use our letter of justification as a template to outline your objectives for attendance and the key learning outcomes making sure you relate these to impacting best practice and patient care and provide the total cost of your attendance
  • attending the workshop – use the time at the workshop to network and make new connections, picking up tips and sharing best practice
  • evaluate your time – spend some time during and after the workshop writing notes and consolidating what you have learnt
  • update your CPD portfolio – this workshop will earn you 6 hours of CPD to count towards your revalidation. All accredited courses, conferences or workshops will issue you with a certificate of attendance or completion. Make sure you transfer your reflections and learnings so you can validate your CPD
  • share best practice – following the workshop, distribute the information amongst your team, act on it and follow up by showing your employer where improvements have been made as a result of the workshop
  • highlight areas for improvement - this also allows you to highlight areas for improvements to ways of working and service delivery.