President’s Monthly Update – Oct 2020

October 2020 – Monthly BHS Update 

Dear BHS Members 

For our October news update I would like to highlight: 

Welcome to Panopto! 

One of the prime functions of the BHS is sharing knowledge and to that end we are  delighted to announce a major development in our functionality and capacity, with  the launch of the BHS Panopto account. This is a secure portal for hosting and  sharing video content; a repository for digital media with excellent technical support.  It allows members to view live webcasts and webinars and it has facilities for on  demand viewing of content and interaction with the speakers. In the future we will  have the capacity for members to record and edit videos from their own computers,  opening up enormous possibilities for the sharing of knowledge. The software  features a unique search engine that allows the user to filter all content for a word  that appears anywhere in speech or written form in all stored media, and many  other features, so we would welcome all of you to explore this exciting  development! 

We have already uploaded to the site the videos recorded at the Instructional  Course in Newport 2020 as well as the recordings of our webinars on complex and  revision hip networks. We have plans to record all sessions at the next BHS Annual  Meeting, giving members the facility to watch the content again on demand, and  allowing the BHS to build a lasting record of our educational resources.  We will be contacting you shortly with details on how you may access this valuable  resource and we hope very much that you enjoy what we feel to be an important  advance for our Society. Finally, I would like to thank Mr. Vikas Khanduja and the  Education Committee at BHS for their work in introducing this innovative  educational feature for the BHS. 

Dual Mobility Components on the NJR 

Last month I attended the Medical Advisory Committee of the NJR during which meeting it was made clear by NJR Medical Director, Tim Wilton, that there is concern  over the way that dual mobility cups have been recorded on the registry. This issue is  one of incomplete data about the implants used when the cases have been  entered, specifically in relation to dual-mobility devices, due, at least in part, to a  problem with business rules in the data entry system. The NJR believes that they  have solved the problem with data capture on a prospective basis but there is an  issue with the retrospective data for implants already recorded. The upshot is that  about 1600 cases cannot be used for interpretation of the data, since they have  insufficient details about the implant and this clearly results in the potential for  misinterpretation of the data concerning dual mobility hips.  

After further analysis since the NJR MAC meeting it transpires that most hospitals  have very few such cases but some have many.  Of course the fact that some  hospitals have large numbers of such cases may further introduce the risk of bias as 

these units may use one specific design, so there is a real need for this data to be  cleaned and corrected. The NJR will therefore be writing to the hospitals affected by  this issue, asking the clinicians to check and correct the data that has been  submitted. I was asked to make you all aware, as leaders of hip surgery within your  units, that this communication from the NJR will be forthcoming and they would  appreciate the leadership of BHS members in helping to correct the data on dual  mobility hips. 

BHS Webinar Series on Complex and Revision Hip Replacement Networks In the coming week we will be holding the third in this series of BHS webinars, on  Wednesday 7th October 18:30, entitled “Making Networks Happen?” This session  will be chaired by Andrew Hamer and co-hosted by Vikas Khanduja, and they will be  joined by Sir Andrew Cash, Chief Executive of South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw ICS and  Professor Phil Turner from Manchester and the BOA. The panel will be completed by  Andrew Manktelow from Nottingham and the webinar will examine some of the  hurdles that may exist to establishing complex surgery networks, particularly  focussing on commissioning issues and the experience that panel members have had  on establishing networks in their respective areas. We very much hope that you will  be able to join us for this discussion and if you would like to register for the meeting  you can do so using this link: 

The next in the series, entitled “Making Networks Successful,” will then take place  on Wednesday 4th November at 18:30 and will feature case studies from two  different successful networks, from Merseyside and East Midlands, as we continue  to explore models of networks that might work for different parts of the country.  Also in this session the Research Committee, through Tim Board, will be launching a  piece of work that we are planning, to define complexity in revision hip surgery,  which we hope will support networks as they develop.  

BHS at the BOA Congress 2020 

I’d like to thank all of you who downloaded or tuned in to the content that the BHS  created for the BOA congress. We will be putting this up on the Panopto site for you  to continue to access at your convenience. In total we provided over 4.5 hours of  pre-recorded content to the congress, as well as a 90-minute live webinar on re starting elective surgery. In view of the volume of work presented I have added a  contents listing, as an easy reference guide, in an appendix to this email to be found  below. Once again I would like to sincerely thank all of those who gave up their  valuable time to contribute to these sessions.  

BHS Sponsored Places on the BOA Future Leaders Programme 

As I have previously mentioned in these emails the BHS Executive Committee decided that this year we would sponsor a place on the BOA Future Leadership 

Programme, interviews for which took place on Monday 21st September. The  interview panel were impressed by the calibre of applications, and recommended  that the BHS should in fact sponsor two outstanding candidates on this programme.  My congratulations go to Ms. Joanna Maggs and Mr. Jeya Palan on their excellent  interviews and we look forward to hearing about their experiences on the FLP and  about their quality improvement projects at a future BHS meeting. 

BHS Culture and Diversity Committee 

Following the formation of the BHS Culture and Diversity Committee earlier in the  year, several work streams are now underway. One of these focuses on  communication, and projection of the Society’s values to the doctors of the future,  in a bid to attract a diverse range of applicants into a career in lower limb  arthroplasty. As part of this campaign the Committee is looking to publish short  video biographies from a diverse group of willing BHS members for our website and  social media accounts, in which volunteers would explain why they chose hip surgery  and what they enjoy about their work. If you would be interested in taking part we  would love to hear from you, so please email 

BHS Annual Meeting 2020 

Many of you will have noticed that at the same time as announcing the “rule of six”  the government also announced that conferences and meetings would be prevented  from taking place for six months, until the end of March 2020. This, of course, means  that the proposed dates for BHS 2020, at the beginning of March, cannot go ahead  and contingency plans are now being made. As I have said before my preference,  and that of almost everyone I discuss this with, is for the BHS meeting to be in  person, rather than as a virtual meeting, so we are exploring with our conference  organiser a range of possible alternative dates. These will be discussed at the  October BHS Executive Committee meeting and I will be announcing further details  in my next monthly email.  

With best wishes 

Jonathan Howell


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