The CPD certified National Orthopaedic Alliance (NOA) Annual Members’ Conference was held in Birmingham on 19 October 2022. It was an impactful learning and networking opportunity for the orthopaedic community with over 100 guests in attendance.
The day’s sessions were not only of interest to clinicians and specialist Trusts, but covered the entire orthopaedic spectrum and included a wide range of topics – from the national MSK strategy, shared decision making and women in orthopaedics to data collection, orthopaedic surgical hubs, waiting lists and so much more. The impressive list of speakers meant that content was not only compelling and timely but offered practical advice and learnings for attendees to take away. The conference was also an opportunity to welcome finalists of the inaugural NOA Excellence in Orthopaedics Awards to share their projects – the sessions were well received and epitomised NOA’s aim to share best practice amongst its membership.
Conference attendee, Kate Betts, The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital said: “Giving feedback to some of my team about the NOA Annual Members’ Conference, I found myself saying so often that it wasn’t a conference where everyone was boasting and precious about what they were doing. Instead, everyone was happy to share their work to see if it would help colleagues at other organisations in some way.”
Exhibitors added value to the event in an intimate exhibition space designed to ensure attendees got as much value as possible from the displays. Organisations represented included The Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance, Stryker, Open Medical, My Recovery, Edge Health and NEC Software Solutions & National Joint Registry.
NOA Programme Director, Ann Hoey said “Now in its second year, it is so great to see the NOA Annual Members’ Conference growing from strength to strength. It’s a unique and intimate conference with our members at its core. Everyone is there to learn from each other to strengthen the entire orthopaedics system so that they can provide the best possible care to patients and be the best workplaces for staff. The buzz amongst attendees was so encouraging and I look forward to seeing all the ideas and connections made in the day grow and move forward”
Presentations from the conference sessions can be found in the members’ area of the NOA website here.
Following the NOA Annual Members Conference, The National Orthopaedic Alliance hosted its very first NOA Excellence in Orthopaedics Awards ceremony that celebrated the amazing work from some of the brightest stars in orthopaedics.
The awards recognise NOA member organisations, projects and teams that have distinguished themselves through exemplary contributions, influence, and commitment to transforming services across orthopaedics – both clinically and non-clinically.