A special training course for health staff included live shoulder surgery broadcast from one of the trust’s operating theatres.
The event focused on shoulder arthroscopy – the process where a camera is inserted into the shoulder to look at the tissue structures and help find out any issues.
The session at the University Hospital of North Tees included presentations from expert speakers across the country.
It was followed by live shoulder surgery led by consultant orthopaedic surgeon Raymond Liow, from the trust’s Leven Unit operating theatre. The surgery was beamed on to a screen in the training room on the other side of the hospital building.
Consultant radiologist Peddada Raju held an ultrasound training class for the health professionals involved. This included doctors in training, nurses and physiotherapists, among others.
Consultant orthopaedic surgeon Richard Jeavons, who led the event, said: “Shoulder pain is a common problem. It can be caused by a number of underlying issues. Arthroscopy is a very useful tool to help diagnose the cause of the pain.
“This was a fantastic opportunity for staff from across the organisation to hear from some of the brightest minds in shoulder arthroscopy from across the country.
“This was also a chance for everyone involved to share learning and good practice.
“Feedback from everyone involved has been very good – this is something we hope to hold again in the future.”
Mr Jeavons would also like to thank the DePuy Synthes Companies for their support in sponsoring the event.