Cardiff and Vale Orthopaedic Centre, part of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (UHB) (www.cardiffandvaleuhb.wales.nhs.uk/page/51126)

The Cardiff and Vale Orthopaedic Centre (CAVOC) is the elective unit that delivers specialist Orthopaedic care within the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (UHB) and is located at University Hospital Llandough. The UHB also provides the full range of trauma services that are located at the University Hospital of Wales.

CAVOC is the leading NHS Orthopaedic centre in Wales, delivering over 10,000 surgical procedures annually, including the full range of sub-specialist orthopaedic procedures. This encompasses caring for the local population of Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan together with a significant specialist tertiary service for patients from across Wales. It is the sole provider of complex spinal and scoliosis services in Wales and the major centre for complex revision surgery in South Wales.

The large teaching centre environment allows for the co-ordinated management of patients with the most complex case-mix problems. Examples of its Inter-disciplinary care being its Combined Orthopaedic and Rheumatology service and Orthopaedic Haematological Service.

Within the orthopaedic department there is a strong emphasis on education and training where surgeons organise and teach on an increasing number of accred-ited post-graduate courses delivered in conjunction with Cardiff University.

Alongside its clinical work there is a continuing growth in the academic department. Most significantly with the establishment of the new Arthritis Research UK Biomechanics and Bioengineering Centre which will drive interdisciplinary studies across a team of internationally recognised researchers and clinicians to continue to improve patient care.