An Honorary Fellowship is the highest honour that the BOA (British Orthopaedic Association) can confer. It was awarded to Professor Beard in recognition of his outstanding contribution and achievements in research across the Trauma and Orthopaedic spectrum leading to improvements in patient care.
Professor Beard is one of the nominated Royal College of Surgeons (Eng) Surgical Trials chairs and Rosetrees Director of the Surgical Intervention Trials Unit (SITU-NDORMS) being responsible for a portfolio of surgical and complex intervention trials, many as co-applicant and some as Chief Investigator.
He is currently researching the introduction of robotic surgery in the NHS, surgical clinical trials methodology, including placebo control designs, and a host of musculoskeletal intervention efficacy studies. He is also involved in several international surgical trials and and supervises postgraduate students within NDORMS.
On being awarded the Honorary Fellowship, Professor Beard said;
“I am very privileged and honoured to be given such a prestigious Fellowship by the BOA, especially in my core discipline, orthopaedic science. Like most personal awards the letters and certificate may point to a single name but it simply would not happen without the support and help from a set of first rate colleagues both in the Department and around the country. To me it is very much a shared team award reflecting and recognising the success of orthopaedic/MSK research in Oxford (and the UK) over many years. Similar to everyone in NDORMS, I shall continue to do my very best research under the overall umbrella of improving healthcare, but it would give added satisfaction to see NDORMS remaining in the very top flight of those pursuing such an endeavour.”