Croeso i Gymdeithas Orthopedig Cymru
Welcome to the Welsh Orthopaedic Society
The Society, founded in 1987 as a surgical group, now has as its membership, all who are involved in the care of Trauma & Orthopaedic patients in Wales.
A History of The Welsh Orthopaedic Society
The Secretaries’ Tale
Since its first meeting in 1987 the Welsh Orthopaedic Society has been served by five Secretaries and what better way to present this short history than through their experiences.
David Jones (1987-1995)
It’s a nice feeling to have been with an organisation since its inception and to watch it grow from a small club to a major player in the Welsh orthopaedic scene.
Wales is a land united by culture and language but divided by geography. Although the concept of a Welsh Orthopaedic Society had been around for decades the natural horizontal lines of communication with the North-west, Midlands and South of England and established traditions therefrom worked against a North/South orthopaedic alliance. Nevertheless, the organisation of the NHS in Wales is on a Welsh rather than Anglo-Welsh model and during my early years as a consultant in the 1980s, working in North Wales and Oswestry and with administrative and educational duties throughout Wales, it was apparent that these were suitable times to launch such a society. Of particular note was the groundwork to foster the idea by Dillwyn Evans (Cardiff, Figure 1), Rowland Hughes (Oswestry, (figure 2) and Robert Owen (Abergele, figure 3)
Fig. 1. Dillwyn Evans
Fig. 2. Rowland Hughes
Fig. 3. Robert Owen
So, I appointed myself Secretary and organized the inaugural meeting in Oswestry in March, 1987 (Fig.4). The attendance was good, the meeting successful and highlighted by Rowland delivering a convoluted Inaugural Lecture during which he failed totally but uproariously to come to terms with double projection. A very pleasant dinner at The Golden Pheasant, Glyn Ceiriog followed.
Fig. 4 Programme and signatures at the inaugural meeting, 1987
The annual meetings thereafter alternated between north and south and over the years nearly every orthopaedic centre in Wales has been visited. The earlier afternoon meetings were largely case presentations and words of wisdom from senior figures, preceded by a morning meeting of the Welsh Advisory Sub-Committee but as the Society developed it became an all-day event and a forum for poster and podium presentations by trainees.
After the initial couple of meetings it was evident that a President was needed and there was none better than Rowland Hughes. His idiosyncratic ways, humour and commitment were a perfect combination for the role. Moreover, he took to heart the future of The Society in terms of history and heritage. He generously created a coat–of-arms and commissioned the Presidential Medal which he presented to the Society at his induction at Cardiff in 1990 (Fig. 5).
Fig. 5. Rowland Hughes installed as President at Cardiff in1990.
With him is Peris Edwards (Abergavenny), a stalwart of WOS and responsible for many early photographs
An early and popular move was to hold at reasonable intervals a three-day Pan-Celtic Meeting involving the Irish and Scottish orthopaedic surgeons. The first was in Portmeirion in 1991 and others have taken place at Killarney (twice), Celtic Manor, Turnberry and The Vale in Glamorgan.. The common denominator for these meetings is a mixture of scientific presentations, educational visits and conviviality, all underpinned by strong support from the orthopaedic industry.
The continuity of The Society depends on its Secretary and we have been fortunate to have a succession of keen and committed incumbents. I was Secretary during the early years between 1987 and 1995, with meetings at Oswestry, Swansea, Aberystwyth, Cardiff, Portmeirion, Newport, Killarney, Llangollen and Carmarthen. I was succeeded by John Black (Carmarthen), followed in turn by Nigel Clay (Rhyl), Neil Price (Swansea) and currently Owain Ennis (Abergavenny).
The tenure of the Presidency was not clarified for several years, not least because Rowland was such an involved and enthusiast incumbent. However, when the time came for him to step down, it was agreed that future Presidents should hold office for two years, beginning with Robert Owen, who was installed at Carmarthen in 1995.
There has been extensive discussion on whether WOS should have a written constitution and this debate continues.
Officers Of The Society
1987 - 1994
1987 - 1994
1999 - 2001
2001 - 2003
2003 - 2005
2005 - 2007
2007 - 2009
2009 - 2011
2011 - 2013
2013 - 2015
2015 - 2017
2017 - 2019
2019 - 2021
The more recent Annual Scientific meeting were held as follows:
PanCeltic, Seamill Hydro, Ardrossan
National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
Tre-Ysgawen Hotel Llangefni (Bangor)
Princess Of Wales Bridgend
Royal Glamorgan Hospital
Nevill Hall, Abergavenny
Venue Cymru, Llandudno
Halliwell Centre, St Davids University
PanCeltic - Vale Hotel
Morriston Hospital, Swansea
Lyon Quays hotel, Oswestry
Llechwen Hall Hotel, Llanfabon
Wolfcatle Hotel, Pembrokshire