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Room Plan- for details of the room locations please see the map at the bottom of the page.

The conference is CPD certified. All attendees will receive a certificate. Learn more about the Continuing Professional Development Service

Please note the Conference is an in-person event only. Live streaming and recordings of the sessions will not be available. You are therefore encouraged to attend to benefit from the variety of topics explored at the conference.

Grab some coffee and join us in the Ashstead Suite on the first floor of the Eastside Rooms (see map at bottom of page) to register your attendance and celebrate the NOA!

  • Meet the NOA Board members and NOA team.
  • Find out about what NOA have been up to, and what’s planned for the future.
  • Meet our sponsors and guest speakers
  • View the NOA Excellence in Orthopaedics Award finalists
  • Chat with other NOA members  

Plus, your chance to have your say about the NOA by taking part in our annual evaluation.

Ashstead Suite
9:45- 10:00am

The Conference will be opened by NOA Lead CEO, and Chief Executive of the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Jo Williams

Ashstead Suite

Enabling Best MSK health: an overview of the NHSEI MSK strategy

National Clinical Director for MSK, Andy Bennett opens the conference with an update on the national issues and strategy for MSK including:

  • restoration of services and improvement strategy
  • working with ICS’s
  • supporting people waiting
  • the Solving Together initiative

Best MSK Health programme resources can be found via the Future NHS Collaboration platform:

Ashstead Suite
10:45- 11:30am
GIRFT in Paediatric T&O. Do we need to change anything?

Mr James Hunter, GIRFT Clinical Lead for Paediatric T&O and Consultant Trauma and Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham University Hospital

James will present the GIRFT paediatric T&O work with emphasis on matters relevant to NOA members. He will show some of the live metrics on Model Hospital and suggest actions to improve quality and efficiency in paediatric orthopaedic care.

Read the GIRFT Paediatric T&O report

Meeting Room Four

NHS Supply Chain – Making it easier to put the patient first

Steve Vandyken, Category Tower Director – Tower 4, NHS Supply Chain:  Orthopaedics, Trauma and Spine, and Ophthalmology, Provided by Collaborative Procurement Partnership LLP

The introduction of Integrated Care Systems, total patient care pathways and managed services are transforming the health and care system, changing how our stakeholders operate, requiring us to think and work differently. The procurement marketplace is also evolving- the need for action on climate change and the learnings of COVID-19 highlighting the criticality to the NHS of a more sustainable and resilient supply chain.

Steve is joined by David Hall, National Category Manager- Tower 4  and Khalid Shihadah, National Clinical Engagement and Implementation Manager- Tower 4  

You can catch up with Steve and his colleagues throughout the day at their stand in the networking area.

Together they will be presenting the recent changes in Category Towers in particular:

· The ways Category Towers can support Orthopaedics
· Letting the first full Orthopaedic contract for an ICS
· Category Towers making the move in house to HSS and NHSE
· Total Orthopaedic Solutions 3 going live in Feb 2024
· Compliant route to market –
      o What does Value Added look like
      o Social Values and Procurement
      o Focus on efficiency
      o Value based procurement

NHS Supply Chain



Refreshments will be available in the Breakout Areas on the first floor.

Ashstead Suite

The Value of Shared Decision Making

Dr Chloe Stewart, Health Psychologist and National Specialist Clinical Advisor in Personalised Care/MSK, NHS England/NHS Improvement

Chloe will be joined by Benjamin Ellis, Senior Clinical Policy Adviser from Versus Arthritis and Sue Brown, CEO of the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA) who have supported the development of the Decision Support tools.

Chloe will talk about the value of shared decision making as an integral part of evidence based medicine and how two stage shared decision making can support referral optimisation, better outcomes for people and value for the wider health and care system.

Guidance and tool kits have been developed to support the implementation of evidence based self-management support including health coaching, peer support and self-management education. This is in direct response to the rising demand, long waits for planned care and the growing recognition that 70% of health outcomes are attributed to socio economics and health behaviours.

Benjamin Ellis, Broadening the conversationPeople with arthritis often need more than pain relief. What else is it that that people with arthritis want to discuss? And whose job is it to explore this with them?

Sue Brown, Sharing what decisions?For shared decision making to be a reality, people need options. What needs to be in place to give them choices? And what is the role of Trusts in delivering this?

Meeting Room Four

The National Joint Registry- let me explain…

Mike Swanson, Business Relationship Manager, NEC Software Solutions

Elaine Young, Director of Operations, National Joint Registry

Tim Wilton, National Joint Registry Medical Director

“I could pretend to be shocked that you don’t know what the NJR does with the data but you would not be the only one!” Mike Swanson

Whilst most surgeons know what reporting is available to them, Trust Management (CEO, MD, Clinical Directors, Clinical Governance, Data Managers, Procurement, Finance) remain unaware of exactly what the NJR can offer them in terms of the outcomes of joint replacement surgery within their organisations. This is despite extensive communications by the NJR. NJR Management Feedback has recently been re-developed to further extend the range of the reporting available and work is currently underway to increase its usefulness to other staff within hospitals.

“The NJR is widely recognised as an exemplar amongst clinical registries, and it is essential that senior management is aware of what the NJR can offer them in monitoring the outcomes of joint replacement” Mike Swanson

NEC Software Solutions, the data and IT services provider for the NJR, will be on hand during the day to demonstrate NJR Management Feedback and NJR Clinician Feedback, find them in the networking area.


Lunch will be served outside Meeting Room Four.

Ashstead Suite
1:45- 2:30pm

Exploring the waiting problem

Nigel Edwards, Chief Executive, Nuffield Trust

Join Nigel and others as we discuss

  • Experience in managing referrals and the management of demand more generally
  • Watchful waiting and supporting primary care to manage risk
  • Innovations in care in hospital
  • Discharge, rehabilitation and intermediate care
  • What changes in policy or other aspects of the NHS approach do we need
Meeting Room Four
1:45- 2:30pm

Presentations from the finalists of the NOA Excellence in Orthopaedics Awards Partnerships and Integration Initiative category and Patient engagement- Supporting Patients Waiting category

Partnerships and Integration Initiative finalists

  • North Bristol Trust – The STAR Care Pathway
  • South West London Elective Orthopaedic Centre – Elective Orthopaedic Re-shape and Recovery
  • South West Ambulatory Orthopaedic Centre – A revolutionary collaborative approach to delivering orthopaedic surgery and tackling the backlog

Patient engagement – Supporting Patients Waiting finalists

  • North Bristol Trust – The STAR Care Pathway
  • South West London Elective Orthopaedic Centre – Spine Referral Project
  • Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHSFT – Myrecovery Project (Electronic Data Collection & Supporting Patients with Self-Management)
Ashstead Suite
2:30- 3:15pm

Women in Orthopaedics

Sharon Malhi, Chief People Officer, Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS FT

Tony Clayson Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Wrightington Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS FT and BOA/BOTA Culture and Diversity Champion

A look at the issues surrounding the recruitment of women in orthopaedics.

Sharon and Tony will be joined by:

Joanna Thomas, Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and Associate Medical Director at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS FT

Sophie Howles, Registrar in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS FT

Meeting Room Four
2:30 -3:15pm

Presentations from the finalists of the NOA Excellence in Orthopaedics Awards Staff Wellbeing Initiative category and the Working Towards Net Zero- Greener NHS category.

Staff Wellbeing Initiative finalists

  • Wrightington Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHSFT – WWL Steps4Wellness
  • Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHSFT – Path of Positivity
  • Barts Health NHS Trust- Newham Hospital – Staff Wellbeing

Working Towards Net Zero – Greener NHS finalists

  • South West London Elective Orthopaedic Centre – Sustainability
  • South West London Elective Orthopaedic Centre – Recycling of Walking Aids
  • Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHSFT – The RJAH Green Plan
Ashstead Suite
3:15- 4:00pm

Orthopaedic Surgical Hubs

Professor Tim Briggs, National Director of Clinical Improvement for the NHS and Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital

Mr Peter Kay, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS FT

More details coming soon.

Meeting Room Four

Presentations from finalists of the NOA Excellence in Orthopaedics Awards Digital Innovation in Orthopaedics category.

Digital Innovation in Orthopaedics finalists

  • Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust – 1st Person Patient Pathway Videos to Decrease Anxiety for Special Needs Patients
  • Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust – Telemedicine in Ponseti Management of Clubfoot Deformity
  • Oxford University Hospitals NHSFT – Robotics in Spinal Surgery

Last chance to ask any colleagues those burning questions and enjoy a quick coffee before the journey home.

We hope you have enjoyed your day and look forward to seeing you at the NOA Annual Members Conference 2023.