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Speakers 2023

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Find out more about our speakers presenting at the NOA Annual Conference 2023.

Andrew is National Clinical Director for Musculoskeletal Conditions for NHS England and Improvement, with an overarching vision to promote best life-long musculoskeletal health within all communities.

Within this role he is also clinical director of the “Best MSK Health” National Pathways Improvement Programme mandated to reduce variation in access and outcomes through implementing whole                                                         pathway transformation

He is also a Consultant Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist within Sutton Health and Care Alliance hosted by Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust providing clinical leadership for a community musculoskeletal service.


10:00-10:45am An overview of the NHSEI MSK strategy 2024 Mercian 1

Peter Kay is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Wrightington Hospital, Lancashire and Honorary Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Manchester University. He has been President of the British Orthopaedic Association (2011), British Hip Society (2008) and British Orthopaedics Trainees Association (1992). He was National Clinical Director for Musculoskeletal services for NHS England 2013- 2019 and currently serves on the Council of The Royal College of Surgeons of England and Council of the Medical Defence Union.

Managerially in his own Trust he has been Director of Research, Clinical Director, Divisional Chairman for MSK and Associate Medical Director and Trust Board member at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS FT. He returned to local NHS management 12 months ago as Clinical Director for Lower Limb surgery managing elective services during COVID and supporting the elective restart and role within Greater Manchester and the wider North West.

His clinical interests are in hip and knee replacement surgery and revision joint surgery.


2:30- 3:15 pm Orthopaedic Surgical Hubs  Mercian 1

Jo is Chief Executive at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital. She joined the Trust in an interim role in June 2017 on secondment from University Hospitals Birmingham NHSFT, where she was Deputy Chief Operating Officer for 3 years and most recently Deputy Director of Partnership for the STP (Sustainability and Transformation Partnership).

She has worked in a variety of senior operational roles in several acute trusts’ including (UHSM) Wythenshawe Hospital and Chesterfield Royal Hospital delivering and leading service transformation projects. As well as 14 years in operational management, she also worked in procurement in the NHS, as a capital buyer for Nuffield Hospitals and for a global manufacturer/supplier.

In March 2020 Jo was appointed Lead CEO of the National Orthopaedic Alliance.


9:30-10:00am Opening address Mercian 1

Sue is the CEO of the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA), a role which she took up in February 2017. ARMA is an umbrella body representing the breadth of musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions and professions. Our vision is that the MSK health of the population is promoted throughout life and that everyone with MSK conditions receives appropriate, high quality interventions to promote their health and well-being in a timely manner.
Sue has over 20 years’ experience of policy work in health and social care. Before joining ARMA, Sue was Head of Public Policy at deafblind charity Sense and Vice-Chair of the Care and Support Alliance and previously worked for Mind.


12:00- 12:45 pm Equity, diversity & inclusion Mercian 1

Tony has been a consultant at Wrightington since 2009 with specialist interests in pelvic trauma, young adult hip osteotomy and hip and knee arthroplasty. He was previously Clinical Director and Divisional Medical Director at the Trust. As a qualified CMI Coach have developed interest in supporting personal development of colleagues and as Covid crisis emerged he was appointed Consultant Lead for Staff Well Being working closely with the OD Department and Steps4Wellness Team.


12:00- 12:45 pm Equity, diversity & inclusion Mercian 1

Miss Tross has been heavily involved in increasing DEI in orthopaedics her whole career. Miss Tross has worked with numerous charities, as well as Bristol University, to improve access to medical school through mentoring. Dr Tross is a Trustee of the British Association of Black Surgeons and a member of the Cultural and Diversity Commitee of the British Hip Society, for which she helped set up and run the mentoring program. 


12:00- 12:45 pm Equity, diversity & inclusion Mercian 1

Kate Atkinson is currently an ST5 on the Royal London Rotation in North East London. She is both the BOTA Culture & Diversity Representative and also the BOA & BOTA Junior Culture & Diversity Champion for London. Kate has delivered talks on both regional and national levels on important DEI topics and is passionate about improving diversity within orthopaedics. She has been involved in multiple DEI research projects and has organised the upcoming BOA & BOTA Culture & Diversity Day. She is also the founder of  London Women of Orthopaedics.


12:00- 12:45 pm Equity, diversity & inclusion Mercian 1

Louise is a children’s nurse with many years experience in senior roles across acute, community/mental health and specialist/tertiary services, as well as Health Education England (HEE). Louise has significant experience in nursing leadership, operational and education roles, and clinical specialisms including gastroenterology, immunology, safeguarding and child protection. She holds an MSc in Nursing.
Louise has been the clinical lead for the CapitalNurse Early Careers Programme, from the outset in 2017, introducing the highly successful London Preceptorship Framework; more recently working with the Regional Chief Nurse and project team to implement the national preceptorship programme, on behalf of NHSE.
Louise has a particular interest in education, practice development and advanced practice, including several international education initiatives, and in improving communication skills with children and young people – whilst Assistant Director of Education at Great Ormond Street Hospital, Louise established the Me first project (, and is a keen supporter of the national We Can Talk programme (

9:30-10:00am Opening address Mercian 1

1:45- 2:30 pm An insight into orthopaedic and MSK nursing  Mercian 1

 Stacey joined RJAH as Interim Director of Nursing in November 2019, before becoming substantive Chief Nurse and Patient Safety Officer in March 2020. From March – October 2020, Stacey was Interim Chief Executive, before returning to the Chief Nurse and Patient Safety Officer role. In August 2021, Stacey was appointed the Trust’s Interim Chief Executive before being appointed to the substantive position in December 2022.

Stacey is an NHS Trust Partner Member on the Shropshire Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care Board. Her time as CEO has already seen her leading the Trust through the coronavirus pandemic – which has proved to be one of the most challenging periods in history, not just for this organisation but for the NHS as a whole.

A registered and practicing trauma and orthopaedic nurse, she has held various leadership and management roles in a variety of NHS Trusts.
Stacey has an MSc in Senior Healthcare Leadership and the NHS Leadership Academy’s Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Award.

Developing the Shropshire Telford and Wrekin MSK Provider Collaborative  Mercian 1

Mike joined RJAH in July 2022 as Chief Operating Officer. He started his career in healthcare as a Mental Health Support Worker for a charity in Staffordshire, after graduating from Keele University he joined the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme in 2011. Mike has an MSc in Leadership and Service Improvement from the University of Manchester and in 2021 completed The King’s Fund Leadership for Population Health programme which is a specific area of interest for him.
Mike has held a number of senior operational leadership roles which have focused on planned care and more recently community services.
He joined RJAH from Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust where he was Group Director of Operations. Leading on the integration of health and social care services and developing community services as part of the redesign of acute care.

Developing the Shropshire Telford and Wrekin MSK Provider Collaborative Mercian 1

Marie Joined the ROH in April 2018 with an impressive track record of delivering large scale transformational change projects across the health care sector, leading service change projects and delivering improvements in operational performance targets such as Referral to Treatment, diagnostic and cancer targets.

Marie became a member of the ROH Executive Team in August 2019 as Chief Operating Officer, leading the operational response to delivery of services during the Covid 19 Pandemic and developing strong collaborative links across the Birmingham and Solihull (BSol) Integrated Care System. She currently holds the role of Chief Operating Officer for the system Diagnostics Group, supporting the wider BSol elective recovery programme and the BSol MSK Transformation Programme.

Most recently Marie was the Senior Responsible Officer leading the ROH’s Getting It Right First Time Elective Hub Accreditation Programme.

Marie is a strong believer that system working brings huge opportunities for improving healthcare across BSol, is passionate about keeping patients at the centre of everything we do and is always looking for ways to improve service delivery. She is the Executive Lead for the Multi Minority Ethnic Group (MMEG) Staff Network and also leads the ‘Admin Matters’ forum, championing all things administration as essential to delivery of great clinical services.

10:45 – 11:30 am Model Hospital Club Mercian 2

Paul joined RJAH in April 2023 as the Trust’s Chief Nurse and Patient Safety Officer.

He brings a wealth of leadership experience to the Board of Directors, having previously worked in several Board and sub-Board level positions across acute hospital services, public health, local and strategic commissioning, primary care, service improvement and modernisation and education.

Paul was responsible for the role out of the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme in Northern Ireland has developed several workforce strategies, including job planning for clinical nurse specialists.

More recently Paul has supported the North Wales Covid-19 Response Service at a strategic level, engaging with local authorities, Welsh government, and education

1:45 – 2:30pm An insight into Orthopaedic and MSK Nursing Mercian 1


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3:15 – 4:00 pm How to motivate your patients to move more Mercian 1


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