Looking ahead to 2023 with the National Orthopaedic Alliance

As the festive season seems ever distant, the NOA is looking ahead to 2023 and is excited for what the future holds.

We spent some time toward the end of 2022 reviewing the past two years as we all recover from the pandemic. This involved taking stock of where our work should be focused in the coming years. In a recent NOA members’ annual evaluation, participants shared with us their views on future priorities for orthopaedics and MSK and how this relates to what NOA’s strategic priorities should be.

We used these insights along with input from our Board and Medical Directors to start to build an NOA strategy, which we continue to refine ahead of sharing  when the 23/24 year kicks off. Watch this space! We’re excited to be able to share a taster of this strategy detailing some of  the areas we will be prioritising during the coming year. Keep reading to find out more.

NOA Events and Networking

To enable NOA to attract new member orgnisations whilst promoting our activities and outcomes we will ensure we have a presence at the following events in 2023:

  • Exhibitors at the British Orthopaedic Association Annual Congress 
  • Attendees at Healthcare Plus Care
  • Attendees at Confed Expo

Alongside these events and building on the success of our 2022 events, we will run our Annual Members’ Conference and NOA Excellence in Orthopaedics Awards in October 2023 (more details on this flagship event coming soon).

Surgical Hubs

During the NOA Annual Members’ Conference 2022, Professor Tim Briggs and Professor Peter Kay delivered a presentation on Orthopaedic Surgical Hubs which is a topic high on the orthopaedic agenda and a key element of elective recovery efforts. We are currently baselining and benchmarking how surgical hubs are working across our membership.

Once we have identified what’s going well, we will run a series of workshops to share best practice and facilitate collaboration across the NOA.

We are also in conversation with the GIRFT team, who are looking at setting up Surgical Hubs so we can share data with them to support and inform their work. 

Work with Industry Collaborative working with industry is key to the NOA delivering its objectives. During the last year we started to work with the Association of British Health Tech Industries (ABHI) to identify areas where we can collaborate to the mutual benefit of both our members. We look forward to taking the next steps in this partnership.


We will continue to work closely with partner organisations including:

  • The Arthritis can Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA) where we are an Associate Member organisation
  • The British Orthopaedic Association (BOA)
  • Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) 
  • Versus Arthritis

In 2023/24 we will look for further opportunities to partner with other MSK and orthopaedic organisations to increase the knowledge base of NOA and raise the profile of all the great work we do.

We would love to hear your thoughts. Be sure to get in touch with us at info.noa@nhs.net to discuss or share suggestions about our priorities.