Many thanks to the Lock Keepers Inn for hosting a BART collection box.  This is a great place to stop for coffee and cake when walking in and around the Lagan Towpath. Cyclists, walkers, children and muddy dogs all made to feel welcome!

The new BART Banner displayed in the Outpatient Department .  Many thanks to our design partners at 

In September Dr Seamus O’Brien, Outcomes Unit Manager, at Musgrave Park Hospital, attended the Arthroplasty Care Practitioners Association (ACPA) meeting at the Crowne Plaza Hotel NEC Birmingham, UK, and sent this report.

The support from BART allowed me to attend this event and help build effective relationships between committee members from all over the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and NI). I have regularly communicated with many of these key ACPA members via email on clinical issues, audits and research proposals, and it was a genuine pleasure to meet many of them in person.  It was good to meet Clare-Louise Sandell (Committee Chair) who acts as a figurehead and spokesperson for the ACPA. It was insightful to be involved in discussions regarding the annual report to ACPA members and the monitoring and reporting on the financial health of the organisation.  We had a presentation from the membership secretary on how the ACPA can develop methods/action plans to attract new members and retain current members. There was a presentation (and live demonstration) regarding the ‘’Web and social media’’ and the developments/maintenance and editing of the new ACPA website and other social media sites.  There were several stimulating presentations on the future direction of the ACPA. The Education Secretary discussed the promotion of relevant educational programmes via the ACPA website and other ACPA related social media forums.  The discussion highlighted the importance of working with educational institutes to provide relevant educational packages for ACPA members, which will in turn benefit the care provided to Arthroplasty patients across the UK. We also talked about the ACPA Conference – 2018, which will be held in Leicester on 20-21st March with BASK. The meeting itself was excellent and provided many opportunities for continuing professional development and learning.   Discussions/presentations were particularly informative and relevant to my ACP practice. This was not only useful for learning but also for confirmation/validation of current Arthroplasty practice back home in Belfast (MPH). Like any meeting much of the learning comes from conversations with other ACPA members outside the classroom at the meeting. There was much opportunity for these discussions. At the event, I was formally asked to become a member of the Committee in charge of the Arthroplasty Care Practitioners Association (ACPA). The meeting concluded with an agreement for the date of our next ACPA committee teleconference. 





It was fifty years ago this month that a team of approximately 20 doctors and nurses gathered to watch Northern Ireland's first hip replacement being performed by visiting Surgeon, Peter King, at Musgrave Park Hospital. Mr King was assisted by local Senior Trainee Surgeon, John Halliday and by Consultant Anaesthetist, John Alexander. Mr Halliday recalls that: "It was a new treatment we hadn't had before which held out great promise to help a lot of people who were having very severe pain due to arthritis."  Since that morning in 1967, the Trust has performed the transformative operation on thousands of patients.

Rascals Newry is a  purpose built indoor play area for children under 12 and we wish to thank them for their continued support.  Their latest collection box total was £53.78.

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