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NOA Quarterly Meeting – July 2020 (virtual meeting)

Date: 8 July 2020

This is a past event. Recordings of the sessions are available in the website members’ area

The next NOA quarterly meeting will take place on Wednesday 8 July 2020. This virtual meeting will have a workforce and wellbeing focus. Details of speakers and sessions are below:

09:00-10:30 Session 1: Wellbeing- challenges, benefits and the future

 Steve White, Chief Medical Officer, from The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital will lead this session. Following on from the NOA Quarterly Meeting in March, Steve, alongside colleague Dr Alexander Yashchik (Wellbeing Guardian at RJAH), will present further on wellbeing and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected wellbeing for doctors, along with examples of good practise and its challenges from NOA member Trusts including Wrightington, Wigan & Leigh Teaching Hospitals, Oxford University Hospitals, Royal Orthopaedic Hospital and The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.

The session will start with an introduction by Jo Williams, NOA Lead CEO and Chief Executive of The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital. Jo will introduce the first NOA online Quarterly Meeting outlining how the NOA has responded to its members during the pandemic.

Jo will open the Wellbeing session by outlining the importance of wellbeing at ROH.

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11:30-12:30 Session 2: Innovative ways of working – benefits to workforce and patients

Sadia Quidwai from Guy’s and St Thomas’ will look at the Physician’s Associate (PA) role, how the role and duties are integrated, the benefits to both the workforce and patients in orthopaedics as well as how the PA role supported the trust in during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The session also includes a presentation from  Gillian Cribb,  Consultant Orthopaedic and Oncological Surgeon from the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital. Gillian will present on the work that has been done in the Trust’s  tumour unit to transform their pathways using Attend Anywhere. COVID-19 has brought many challenges to orthopaedic care and meant that many providers have had to be adaptable and transformational in order to ensure  the delivery of  high quality care. This had been especially important in orthopaedic oncology where methods of service delivery have had to change very rapidly. Attend Anywhere, a video consultation platform, has been an invaluable tool in maintaining services and is forming part of new pathways of care.

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13:30-14:30 Session 3: Agile working – ‘work is an activity and not a place’. The principals and benefits of agile working

Sarah Sheppard, Chief People Officer (The Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital) and Director of People (NHS Midlands and Lancashire CSU) brings her expertise to this session exploring the challenges and benefits of agile working and the role of managers and leaders. COVID-19 has forced us to embrace different ways of working many of which have benefits for both individuals and organisations in the longer term. It is time to challenge the traditional understanding of what constitutes effective working arrangements in the NHS and harness the positives which will support improved wellbeing for staff and deliver organisational effectiveness.

This session includes the presentation- “Adapting to working from home- a personal experience” by Saroj Patel, Chief Digital & Innovation Officer from the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. How to make working from home for extended periods workable and productive. What are the key issues? Tips on managing isolation, work life balance and stress.

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