What is an average day like?
While the working day can vary greatly, most
orthopaedic surgeons spend their working week taking care of:
• outpatients clinics ( both elective and
• operating sessions ( for both trauma and
• on–call duties
• clinical governance
• research and training.
What are the hours like?
There is a lot of on-call demand on account of
the nature of the work of this specialty.
Where is the work based?
This work is split between theatre and
What people work in the same team?
This is a multi disciplinary team.
Types of patients
Patients of all ages who require trauma
surgery; lower and upper limb surgery; hand, spinal and oncological
Number of patients seen in a day
This can vary greatly.
What is most enjoyable?
This is a highly varied specialty, with an
extremely practical and direct approach to surgery.
What is most challenging?
The on-call rotas can be very
Opportunities for flexible working
Trauma and orthopaedic offers opportunities
for flexible working.
Opportunities for research and teaching
There are opportunities for research and
training in trauma and orthopaedic surgery.