The British Journal of Surgery publication on 12th September on sexual harassment, assault and rape within the surgical workforce, the subsequent report from the Working Party on Sexual Misconduct in Surgery (WPSMS) and the recent news reports on this subject, provide disturbing insights into the damaging and toxic behaviours that are experienced by many who pursue a career in surgery.
The BOA has published a call to action to improve and change the culture in our workforce. Everyone has the right to feel safe whilst at work and we all need to shine a light on such behaviours when witnessed in order to make that change. Sexual misconduct should not be tolerated under any circumstance.
The OTS is committed to supporting the ongoing work of the WPSMS and the BOA to improve reporting mechanisms and support for those who encounter any form of sexual abuse at work.
If you are affected by anything raised in these reports, then further resources can be found on the WPSMS website and “Surviving in Scrubs”, a charity offering support for victims of sexual harassment in surgery.
WHAT WE DO
The Orthopaedic Trauma Society is a non-profitmaking membership organisation that provides a forum for Orthopaedic Trauma surgery in the British Isles.
OTS is a focus for Orthopaedic Trauma research and training in the British Isles.
OTS is a focus for Orthopaedic Trauma education in the British Isles.
The UK focus for Orthopaedic Trauma policies, including injury prevention.
OTS organises specialist scientific meetings focusing on current issues and advances in Orthopaedic Trauma in the British Isles.
OTS is the representative body for British Orthopaedic Trauma to Government, and both national and international organisations.
OTS is the leading body to advance the practice of excellence in Orthopaedic Trauma in the British Isles.
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The Orthopaedic Trauma Society does not accept medico-legal enquiries under any circumstances.
Under the terms and conditions of membership, the Orthopaedic Trauma Society has no mandate to divulge either personal information, or even confirmation of membership unless directed to do so by an order of the court. To do otherwise would constitute a breach of the Data Protection Act (2018).
You are hereby advised that, as a research-focused organisation with a voluntary membership, the OTS neither requires nor maintains HIPAA-compliant IT systems, and the Society holds no mandate to act on behalf of any member in medico-legal matters. Consequently, no confidential or patient-identifiable data should be sent to the Society under any circumstances. Any and all confidentiality notices appended to unsolicited communications are held to be invalid, and the Society retains the right to refer breaches of patient confidentiality arising from such unsolicited communications to the relevant professional body.