The National Orthopaedic Alliance

The NOA engages in a number of activities to support its members including:

  • Development of a set of quality standards that members measure their Trusts performance against
  • Creates a forum for sharing best practice
  • Facilitate a buddying scheme to enable collaborative support to aid development and improvement
  • Developing a shared view on issues of mutual concern and/or benefit e.g. best practice in the clinical coding of orthopaedic care.
  • Influences National Tariff and its application to orthopaedic care, particularly specialist activity
  • Develops clinical networks
  • Benchmark your performance against other members of the NOA.
  • Contribute to a more streamlined national measurement of orthopaedic outcomes.
  • Ensure your voice is heard at the political level.
  • Promote best practice by sharing information.
  • Keep abreast of innovations within the sector.
  • Ensure your perspective on key issues reaches a broader audience.
  • Highlighting what’s coming in terms of national policy work that will impact on the delivery of elective orthopaedics.
  • Membership gives access to all of the above services and our Portal which contains GIRFT data, HES data, Benchmarking data and our quality standards.

About the National Orthopaedic Alliance

The aim of the Vanguard project was to create a UK-wide alliance of orthopaedic providers by transferring SOA members into National Orthopaedic Alliance (NOA) to deliver outstanding and consistent care in more areas. Drawing on the SOA’s experience and expertise, the vanguard developed a consistent benchmarking framework, describing ‘what good looks like’ in orthopaedic care and also the components of a quality improvement journey.

Members will participate in self-assessments against the standards and NOA will create a standardised toolkit to drive quality improvements in other orthopaedic providers across the NHS.

In July 2017 the Specialist Orthopaedic Alliance became the National Orthopaedic Alliance. The NOA will continue to provide the services originally provided by the SOA but will have a National perspective across all Orthopaedic Providers.