Welcome to Chesterfield, Sheffield & Derby FRCS (trauma & Orthopaedics) Clinical Course

In 2017 we expanded our hospitals to include The Royal Derby Hospital for the first time. This enabled us to ensure an even more diverse range of orthopaedic conditions. 147 patients from all Orthopaedic specialties were recruited for 2017 making our clinicals course the largest of its’ kind in the world. The course will be held on the 26th and 27th of September 2019 and will be run at the Casa Hotel, Lockoford Lane, Chesterfield S41 7JB. The mock exam will be held at Suite 1, Chesterfield Royal Hospital S44 5BL on the afternoon of the final day.

The FRCS Orth course was set up because it was realised that all the other FRCS courses were immediately pre exam and that unless the candidate had already learnt the fundamentals and techniques of clinical examination it was too late for them to change at the last minute. This course will hone your physical examination skills, and will give you enough time to practice them before the FRCS clinical test.

We have timed this course in such a way that the candidate can learn or change their technique and still have time to perfect it before the exam. It is ideal for those sitting the November or following February clinicals.

The course is designed such that the candidate is taught by short lectures and demonstration. Then there is time spent where there is both teaching and interaction with patients. In the last quarter of the course the candidate will then have a mock exam which will be similar to the real thing.

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The course for 2019 will be run at the Casa Hotel in Chesterfield apart from the mock exam on the Friday afternoon that will be held at Chesterfield Royal Hospital a short distance away. Over 100 patients from Sheffield, Chesterfield, and Derby will attend over the course of the 2 days. We ensure an extremely diverse selection of patients from all specialties including paediatric cases from Sheffield Children’s Hospital.


Candidate numbers are limited to 36 in order to ensure maximal hands-on exposure to examining patients. These candidates will have the opportunity to practise their examination skills under the guidance of consultants in their relevant specialty that have been carefully selected because of their excellence in teaching. Observer places will also be provided but numbers are limited. Observers will have the opportunity however to participate fully in the mock exam.


The success of the course has been largely due to the number and wide range of cases seen and examined by the candidates. The organising consultants speak to each patient directly to ensure their attendance. Last year over 100 patients came over the two days. Each candidate was hands on with a significant proportion of these. For the rest they were able to observe their colleagues examine in small groups of two or three.


The Course fee (TBA) ( Including meals and Course Dinner). We will ask you to send this cheque on confirmation of your place on the course.
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