The National Orthopaedic Alliance

The National Orthopaedic Alliance (NOA) brings together orthopaedic centres around the UK to share best practice and address shared challenges. We are based on a quality standards membership model founded on evidence based descriptors of ‘what good looks like’ in orthopaedic care.

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

  • The development of a set of quality standards
  • Creation of a forum for sharing best practice
  • Facilitating 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.
  • Influencing the National Tariff and its application to orthopaedic care, particularly specialist activity
  • Developing clinical networks
  • Contributing to a more streamlined national measurement of orthopaedic outcomes.
  • Ensuring our member organisations’ voice is heard at the national level
  • Promotion of best practice by sharing information.
  • Keeping abreast of innovations within the sector.
  • Ensuring members’ 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.