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An interactive, laboratory and workshop-based course for scrub nurses, surgical care practitioners and physician assistants. World class teaching around surgical techniques including suturing and safe tissue handling.

Meeting Update

Due to the current situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the uncertainty over the next few months, the convenors of Northern Osteotomy Masterclass have made the difficult decision to postpone the meeting (scheduled for the 13th & 14th July).

For those who have already registered, the fee will be refunded onto your card within 5 working days. We would advise you to cancel any accommodation you may have booked as soon as possible.

We will be running the meeting in the future, as soon as we have confirmed dates, we will of course let you know.

We deeply regret any inconvenience caused by the cancellation and we share your disappointment, but we believe this is the most responsible course of action to protect the health and well-being of attendees and the patients they serve, presenters, exhibitors, staff, vendors and all those engaged in the conference

A two day cadaveric course specifically aimed at orthopaedic nurses

This course will run side by side, and complement the surgeon’s masterclass with overlapping teaching sessions from both medical & nursing specialists to increase exposure.

Practical HTO & DFO cadaveric workshops at the Newcastle Surgical Training Centre where medical delegates will perform the osteotomy surgery and nursing delegates will scrub and suture wounds with an experienced national and international faculty to assist and explain procedures.

Workshop discussion groups for HTO and DFO – the essentials linking theory to practice

Lectures and case discussions from world renowned faculty. This course will provide insight around the nature of osteotomy surgery, allowing nurses to experience and gain confidence in the scrub role

An opportunity for nurses to learn suturing technique & wound closure for developing expanding roles.

RCN accredited.


Aims & objectives

  • Suturing technique
  • Focused discussion groups
  • Scrub practitioner role
  • Practical workshops
  • Osteotomy surgery
suturing in theatre

Course aim

Nursing delegates should take away a greater understanding of the indication, principles and methods of knee osteotomy together with an increased confidence of the practicalities of working alongside and supporting surgeons performing these procedures.

An introduction, refresher or consolidation of knowledge and skills for those nurses wishing to progress further within osteotomy surgery and promote professional development.

The course is specifically targeted at theatre practitioners. This conjoining side by side course aims to develop confidence, skill and networking opportunities for those working with an acting as advocate for the osteotomy patient.


Inside surgical training centre

  nurse in theatre  

Practical cadaveric workshops

Practical cadaveric workshops will take place on each day of the course at the Newcastle Surgical Training Centre. The subject matter will be high tibial osteotomy on Monday and distal femoral osteotomy on Tuesday.

There will be multiple cadaveric stations where surgeon delegates will perform the osteotomy allowing the opportunity for nursing delegates to familiarise themselves with various equipment devices and instrumentation used in the scrub role. These stations will be supported by company representatives who are on hand to deliver advice and guidance regarding products and specialised kit used nationally.

There will also be the opportunity for nursing delegates to perform skin closure with supporting theoretical and practical demonstrations. This aspect will be recognised with certification to demonstrate their competence and allow them to safely extend their scrub role to incorporate wound closure.


Workshop discussion groups

The lecture content has been minimised to make more time for the lab based practical’s and workshops. However we’ve kept the essential elements to understand the principles of knee osteotomy. Dedicated lectures for nursing delegates incorporate the nature of osteotomy surgery, the overall care of the osteotomy patient, pre-operative assessment and work up prior to surgery, infection control and prevention, postoperative recovery and rehabilitation. However, there is also exposure and teaching provided from some of the leading experts globally delivered in its relevance to the nursing role. This incorporates evidence based nursing when supporting theory with practice.


Social opportunity

Discussion and debate is a key part of any meeting, that’s why there will be an opportunity for delegates and faculty to network over an informal dinner on Monday evening.

Socialising during dinner 

Course convenors

Lucy Bell

Lucy Bell
North Cumbria University Hospitals

Kirsty Robinson

Kirsty Robinson
North Cumbria University Hospitals