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Award Categories 2023

Partnerships and Integration Initiative

This award is for a partnership initiative driving transformation and improving orthopaedic services.

Judges will be looking for organisations who are exhibiting some or all of the below: 

  • Showing ambition to address challenges in orthopaedics through partnerships/integration
  • Demonstrating how they have collaborated with one or more partners (within or outside the NHS) to achieve a significant success in improving the delivery of orthopaedic services
  • Spreading best practice with the project being shared and/or replicated elsewhere
  • Involving relevant staff, patients and partners and securing their buy-in to realise the success

Working Towards Net Zero - Greener NHS

This award celebrates organisations that are accelerating progress towards achieving the NHS target of net zero carbon emissions by 2045. 

Judges will be looking for organisations who are exhibiting some or all of the below:  

  • Taking a strategic approach to accelerating the broader net-zero and sustainability agenda
  • Deploying new energy saving technologies and systems
  • Engaging colleagues, patients, communities, and other key stakeholders to improve sustainability on the road to net zero carbon emissions by 2045
  • Showing a commitment to making a corporate impact and enhancing the contribution net zero initiatives make to orthopaedics and the wider NHS
  • Working effectively with procurement and supply chain

Innovation in Orthopaedics

This award will be given to an organisation that demonstrates a clear, significant, and successful innovation that has improved patient outcomes, reduced recovery times, and enhanced the overall quality of life for those suffering from musculoskeletal disorders and injuries.

This may be health policies, practices, systems, products and technologies, services, and delivery methods.

Judges will be looking for organisations who are exhibiting some or all of the below: 

  • Creating opportunities to streamline processes to improve patient care
  • Addressing a challenge in orthopaedics that could see service advances as a result
  • Using innovation to support the delivery of patient pathways and enhance outcomes for patients
  • Helping to shape the future of orthopaedic services and systems

Supporting Patients On Their Pathway- NEW for 2023

This award recognises the outstanding work of an organisation going above and beyond to support patients receiving orthopaedic care.

Judges will be looking for organisations who are exhibiting some or all of the below: 

  • Supporting waiting list patients in the best way possible while they are in their own homes to reduce negative outcomes
  • Showing exceptional impact on the experience of patients receiving elective orthopaedic surgery
  • Communicating effectively with patients
  • Developing approaches with patients to ensure that they are supported in the best way possible
  • Commitments to increasing patient empowerment and enabling people to be equal partners in their own care.
  • Provision of care outside hospital to avoid unnecessary admissions and improve discharge, with better joining up of care outside hospital

Workforce Retention Initiative- NEW for 2023

This award recognises an organisation that demonstrates a commitment to improve the retention of staff

Judges will be looking for organisations who are exhibiting some or all of the below:

  • Engaging and motivating staff, developing their talents and improving their potential
  • Demonstrating a Just and Learning culture, ensuring people feel valued and have the opportunity to develop in their career
  • Providing provision to help staff improve their wellbeing, for example, to improve their diet or fitness levels, emotional wellbeing, or financial wellbeing
  • Encouraging employees to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing and to achieve their individual ambitions in the workplace.
  • An employer of excellence – valuing, supporting, developing and investing in colleagues
  • To improve the retention, progression, development and experience of staff with protected characteristics

Workforce Recruitment Campaign- NEW for 2023

This award recognises the successful delivery of a staff recruitment campaign within an organisation

Judges will be looking for organisations who are exhibiting some or all of the below: 

  • Demonstrating an organisational attraction and recruitment strategy with inclusive recruitment practices enticing to all
  • Building partnerships with relevant stakeholders and developing relationships with education providers, and ensure visibility as a good employer within the local community
  • The offer of apprenticeships, traineeships, placements and pre-employment programmes as alternative access routes into your organisation.
  • Use of the funding incentives available to build sustainable pathways into employment and ongoing training and development for young people entering your workforce.
  • A “retire and return” or “return to practice” offer to retain the expertise of experienced staff for longer.
  • Communication strategies ensuring the campaign/offer is communicated as widely as possible and is visible, open and accessible
  • A programme on recruitment and promotion, enabling the organisation to become an employer of choice and a workforce that reflects the communities we serve/ becoming a more progressive employer that has a diverse workforce

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion- New for 2023

This award recognises the efforts of an organisation which has demonstrated a clear, significant, and sustainable improvement in tackling inclusion and diversity challenges, and making a positive impact on EDI and reducing health inequalities.

Judges will be looking for organisations who are exhibiting some or all of the below:

  • Demonstrate the implementation of an inclusion and diversity strategy that addresses inequalities and advances equity in access, health outcomes and orthopaedic service experience for patients
  • Improving the experience and access of orthopaedic patients with protected characteristics.
  • A representative and supported workforce with equal access to career opportunities for under-represented staff groups and those with protected characteristics.
  • Improvements in workplace culture and attitudes with greater opportunities for under-represented staff groups’ voices to be heard.
  • Metrics in place to measure and monitor continuous consideration for inclusion and diversity improvements for the workforce
  • Commitments to increasing patient empowerment and enabling people to be equal partners in their own care.

NOA Director's Award

This is not a category open for entries – the individual will be selected in recognition of demonstrating NOA values of support and collaboration. NOA Programme Director, Ann Hoey, will be presenting The Director’s Award at the awards ceremony on 19 October.

Entry Criteria

Download the Entry Pack for full details and key information.
  1. Entries must relate to work carried out within the last 12 months – judging will be focused on this timeframe.
  2. Entries must include a significant impact on, or involvement with, orthopaedic services
  3. Submitting organisations must be a member organisation of the NOA
  4. Non-NOA member Trusts or other organisations can be included in submissions as part of any partnership related projects with an NOA member
  5. An entry can be submitted into more than one category if it is relevant
  6. Please ensure you adhere to internal permission and sign off processes and ensure the team/project being entered is involved in the entry.
  7. It’s important you have completed any relevant internal sign off processes at your organisation before submitting.
  8. The written entry, of no more than 1,000 words, will be used by the Judges to determine the finalists. The finalists will then be asked to produce a recorded presentation (full details in the Entry Pack) for the Judges to choose their category winners.
  9. Finalists must ensure that at least one person is available to present their entry at the NOA Annual Members Conference on 19 October in Birmingham
  10. Finalists must ensure that at least one person attends the NOA Excellence in Orthopaedics Awards ceremony on the evening of 19 October in Birmingham