The Association of Orthopaedic Practitioners UK


Re-Certification for Holders Of The British Casting Certificate.

Hello to all British Casting Certificate holders (BCC).

As Professor David Rowley stated in the Orthopaedic Practitioner Magazine:

“You have to engage in CPD (Continuing Practice and Development) and maintain your integrity of the profession, if you want to move forward”

As he says:                        "Help Us To Help You"

This is even more relevant today!

Re-certification has been running for a number of years now and is an important and vital role in pursuing our recognition for professional status and unification for all BCC holders. Regulation would benefit us immensely from remuneration in pay and status within our careers. There would also be a defined entry into our profession and true professional recognition.
It is essential we have a current and up to date register.

Holders of the BCC who are on the lapsed register may not be fulfilling their employer’s contractual agreements. NHS trusts require all professions to be registered.

Without you on our register the total numbers of Orthopaedic Practitioners are not sufficient to stand and be counted.

Without you, we cannot move forward and achieve the recognition we deserve.

After all Re-Certification is currently only 55.00 for 3 years.

Please note, you cannot complete your recertification via the AOP website.
To apply for recertification go to the BOA website and follow the instructions.

If you are unsure of your status please contact the database manager, Paul Adamson.

British Casting Certificate

1st November 2017

Time for an update on the British Casting Certificate (BCC) and how our Joint Award with Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is progressing.

We are so pleased to be working with Glasgow Caledonian University and our students now receive the British Casting Certificate with a total of 60 credits at University Diploma Level (Scottish Credit and Qualification framework SCQF level 8 / English NQF level 5) awarded by the University to students who satisfactorily complete the course (theory, simulated practice and clinical practice) and attain a pass in each of the assessments. The assessments comprise a theoretical component (3000 words) and an Objectively Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE). The course fee includes this accreditation.

These credits have an option to be taken at Degree level (SCQF 9 / NQF 6).

This can include a Top-Up Degree Award. All Registered Nurses, who complete the course and who are not already graduates, will be eligible to graduate from GCU with BSc Professional Studies in Nursing in addition to the British Casting Certificate. Those nurses, who are graduates, are now eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate Professional Studies in Nursing. These options do not incur any additional cost or study.

To become a fully Qualified Orthopaedic Practitioner now takes a minimum of 20 months and in most cases 2 years. Before attending one of the BOA Validated courses the trainee must work in casting for at least one full year. During this time, they complete a Portfolio / learning log which includes a record of casting and related experience, removal and application (supervised, supported and independent) and the application of “Off the Shelf” Appliances. The trainee must complete written reflections of the learning resulting from these clinical experiences and include appropriate references. This portfolio / learning log must be completed ahead of the OSCE component.

Next is attendance at one of the Validated courses held either over five weeks full time study at Stanmore 3 times a year or one of the six month Validated Day Release courses held annually at Bradford, Newport or Glasgow. Details of all courses are available at

The courses are followed by an Objective Structured Clinical examination (OSCE), where knowledge and skills are all tested. This examination now has Stations on the preparation & reading of notes, assessment of the patient, injury & informed consent, application & removal of casts in various materials, communication & a documentation station, where the candidate writes in the notes. There is a separate station for the Viva with the Orthopaedic Consultant where knowledge of anatomy & physiology, orthopaedic conditions, trauma & trauma complications is tested.

In addition, a 3,000 word assignment is completed. This essay is usually based around a case study and the student is given guidance on suitable topics and how to progress. Students complete the assignment either, during the 6 month day release courses with some time following or, in the case of the students attending Stanmore, they are written in the months after they have completed the course.

Not until all these sections have been completed successfully does the candidate receive the BCC, as stated previously, this process now takes a minimum of 20 months.

Current BCC holders who are on the active register held by the BOA can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and, providing they satisfy the requirements, write an assignment, and pay a fee, will be able to gain the 60 credits at an appropriate level by applying to

Awareness of the skills required to be an Orthopaedic Practitioner and the wages are certainly at a better level than the ancillary grades where they started. There is always room for improvement! It is in every practitioners' interest to ensure the training and the Certificate are well supported through all staff in Cast Rooms, Orthopaedic Theatres, Outpatients and other clinics. With increased numbers of personnel trained and Certificated, it will ensure that managers and government are made more aware that this is not just a 'job' that ‘anyone can do’. It requires knowledge of the essential underpinning theory, development and practice of the skills and, of course, continuing development and learning of new skills and techniques. The BOA Casting Standards are available and have audit tools, which should help raise awareness and can be used to prove the need for trained staff etc. All casting rooms should have received a copy, but they are available online from:

As we proceed forward, it is essential that those of you who hold the Qualification stay Active on the BOA Register of British Casting Certificate Holders and, please contact if you are in doubt of your status.

We must have the numbers on the register to have the power and only active members will count! You have a responsibility if you have been fortunate enough to have gained the Qualification and all the benefits, to be professional and be on the register. Who loses out if you do not? We all do!

Sue Miles
National Casting Training Advisor


This page last updated: 28 November 2018

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