It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the 2020 OTS meeting.
I am grateful that so many of you have been able to venture to the northern outpost of the major trauma networks in England, and I hope you get a chance to see some of the local area during your visit.
Alex Trompeter has once again put together a fantastic programme which I think demonstrates the diversity of our specialty and is relevant to all of us involved in the care of these patients. I would like to formally thank him for all his hard work and “cat herding” at this point as he steps down after this meeting leaving very big shoes to fill.
We hope we have achieved a good balance of topics being covered over the next two days, and I’d like to thank our speakers in advance for giving up their time to be here. In particular, I welcome our overseas guests and non-orthopaedic contributors; I hope they enjoy being here, and I look forward to listening to their presentations.
As always, the meeting depends on you, our membership, for its success and as such I would encourage you to interact during sessions. We would also welcome feedback so that the Society can continue to evolve and address the topics that the membership demand in future meetings.
This meeting wouldn’t be possible without our sponsors and I’d thank all of them for their support. Please make time to visit the stands and speak to the company reps during the breaks.
Finally, I hope all members can attend the AGM which I promise won’t overrun. This is the committee platform to tell you how we are representing you and spending your money so its important you tell us whether we’ve got it right or not, and what the priorities should be moving forward. I’d also ask that you considerjoining the Committee; any of us would be happy to chat about what’s involved with no obligation. You never know you may enjoy it.