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About the rotation

The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Training Rotation is one of the oldest, largest and most prestigious orthopaedic registrar training programmes in the UK.

It is one of four training rotations in the North Central and East London Deanery of Health Education England and is based at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, North London.

The RNOH has a rich history, having been established in 1840 and later providing a key role in treating and rehabilitating wounded soldiers in WW1 and WW2. It is the first specialist orthopaedic hospital in the UK, has no emergency department and receives referrals from hospitals across the country and internationally for specialist input. It has been named several times as one of the top hospitals in the world for orthopaedic care, is a research hub and has produced many key orthopaedic innovations and implants.


The orthopaedic training programme at the RNOH Stanmore is one of the oldest rotations in the country. It has a long history and tradition of excellence and provides a unique training experience, spanning major trauma and specialist tertiary interventions.

World renowned hospitals

Trainees spend 18 months at the UK's largest tertiary orthopaedic centre, RNOH Stanmore, providing a unique insight into cutting edge of our field. The rotation will however provide a breadth of experience, providing major trauma experience at the Royal London Hospital and district general trauma experience at a variety of hospitals within the region.

Education and research

Education and research are a high priority. Trainees on the rotation receive a great deal of opportunity to strengthen their academic credentials and many undertake MDs & PhDs.

Our training hospitals

With 15 training hospitals throughout the North, Central and East London Deanery, the rotation provides direct access to the full range of Trauma and Orthopaedic specialties. All of our trainees will rotate through the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore at some point in their training, providing a unique and privileged insight into ultra-specialist work and providing a great deal of research opportunities. Over the course of their time in the rotation our trainees continue to rotate through many other hospitals, providing exposure to major trauma and district general hospital workloads.

Training Programme Director

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Miss Sally Tennant

Current Training Programme Director
Miss Sally Tennant was appointed as Training Programme Director for the RNOH Rotation in 2022. Miss Tennant has dedicated her career to the field of paediatric orthopaedics, and has vast experience in working with various neuromuscular disorders, hip dysplasia, and clubfoot deformities.
After completing her orthopaedic training in North West London, Miss Tennant pursued fellowships both in the UK and also at the British Colombia Children's Hospital in Vancouver Canada. She is a member of the British Society of Children's Orthopaedic Surgery and regularly presents both nationally and internationally.

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Professor Tim Briggs CBE

Past Training Programme Director
Professor Briggs was appointed to the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital as Consultant in 1992. He was Medical Director at the RNOH for 15 years, ensuring a re-build and was President of the British Orthopaedic Association in 2014. He was appointed as National Director for Clinical Quality and Efficiency for the NHS in September 2015 and has been asked to lead and roll out his GIRFT methodology, developed in orthopaedics, across all surgical and medical specialties within the provider network. In January 2019, he was made National Director of Clinical Improvement for the NHS.