The Irish Institute of Orthopaedic Surgeons was formed in 1972. Its functions included determining the need for new orthopaedic appointments, involvement in the replacement of those retiring, and a commitment to develop a training program in line with that being established in the UK under the auspices of the Specialist Advisory Committee (SAC) of the Joint Committee of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons.
The report “A Trauma System for Ireland” describes how an inclusive trauma system should be implemented in Ireland. Such systems have been shown to reduce trauma related mortality and disability significantly.
A significant proportion of trauma patients will have orthopaedic injuries. The IITOS and NCPT&O leadership and members have been instrumental in the development of the trauma report and the work of the Trauma Report Implementation Group. They will continue to be involved in the implementation of the recommendations of the Independent Assessment Panel and the multi annual plan for the development of the trauma system.