How to join the BSSR


How to Join the BSSR

Membership is open to Consultants who are Fellows of the Royal College of Radiologists or equivalent qualification, with a substantial interest in musculoskeletal imaging and allied topics

The Aims of the Society are to:

  • To encourage the study and improve the standard of knowledge of imaging of the musculoskeletal and allied systems.

  • To provide advice in the practice and training of musculoskeletal imaging.

  • To arrange scientific meetings on topics of interest in the field of musculoskeletal imaging.



The Society consists of Consultants who are Fellows of the Royal College of Radiologists or equivalent qualification who must have a substantial interest in musculoskeletal imaging and allied topics.

Application for full membership should be made by online application


What happens next?

Applications are considered twice per year by the executive committee in March and October prior to the Business Meetings. There is no rolling process of applications. Recommendations are made to the Business meetings of the BSSR in April and November. Applications and membership will be confirmed by the secretary after approval of applications.

Joining fees are currently

  • £70 for full members
  • £50 for Associate Members

payable annually by standing order.

Members who fail to attend a BSSR meeting over a period of two years will be deemed to have resigned from the Society unless there are special circumstances preventing their attendance. 

Applicants must submit:

  • A concise curriculum vitae (with publications).

  • A clear and detailed job plan, which should include the demonstration of a strong musculoskeletal interest (more than 50% musculoskeletal).

  • Two references from members of the BSSR (current colleagues or former trainers). Please note the email address for the referees must match the email address in the BSSR database. Please check with your referees.

  • Letter from Clinical Lead confirming submitted job plan and that at least 50% of clinical time is spent on musculoskeletal imaging (this is not a requirement for associate membership, a blank word document may be uploaded to complete the online application process).

  • An email address, as all newsletters, minutes etc are sent via email.


The BSSR website is designed to help publicise the societies activities and assist in communication between members. The BSSR members area contains

  • Membership database and contact details
  • Society notices
  • Society meetings, agendas and minutes
  • Specialist interest registers
  • Private discussion boards
  • Events calendar
  • Interesting cases section where members post radiology images for review


Frequently Asked Questions

1)      When will my membership application be approved?

Membership applications are reviewed twice per year by the BSSR Executive committee, in March and October. You will be notified by the Secretary soon after the Executive committee meetings. Please be aware that there may be a time lag of several months between your application and final admission to the society.

2)      How much does membership cost?*

  • £70 per year for full members

  • £50 per year for Associate Members.

A standing order should be set up with your bank in favour of the BSSR to be taken on 1st July every year. If you have already paid for membership through the PayPal option on the website, the standing order should start on the 1st July of the following year.

* there is no membership fee payable for members in retirment.


3)      Can I get access to specialist journals at preferential rates?

Yes - As a member you can subscribe for the Journals of Skeletal Radiology and Seminars in Musculoskeletal Radiology at a discounted rate. If you wish to subscribe to either of these journals, please contact the BSSR treasurer through the website


4)      What are the benefits of membership?

  • Members forums: For opinions on difficult cases

  • Access to clinical pathways, imaging protocols, business cases, consent forms, structured reports

  • Access to members-only meeting and preferential course fees for bi-annual major refresher courses


5)      What is the purpose of the BSSR

The BSSR provides support and advice on musculoskeletal imaging to the RCR through Specialist Interest Groups and aims to promote and strengthen musculoskeletal  radiology in the UK.


6)      Can I get involved in the running of the society

Yes absolutely – The executive welcomes input and involvement from BSSR members, particularly with respect to helping out with moderating or lecturing on the major bi-annual refresher courses and contributing to the on-going work of the society. There is a list of folk willing to lecture in existence and interested members are urged to contact the President. Please make sure you update your profile and include your special interests on the website.

The Executive officer posts come up regularly on a rolling basis and the membership is encouraged to self-nominate for these positions.


7)      Can I join as a registrar?

Yes – the society offers associate membership to 4th and 5th-year registrars who have expressed an interest in a career in musculoskeletal imaging and have passed the FRCR examination.  You can join through the website.