NOA Launches Strategic Networks to Help Shape Future of Orthopaedics

NOA has launched four strategic networks aimed at driving innovation, improving performance, and shaping the future of orthopaedics across the country. The new networks focus on Workforce, Pathways, Research & Innovation, and Performance & Productivity.

The groups are a key part of NOA’s new strategy, dedicated to optimising patient care, empowering orthopaedic professionals, and influencing national healthcare policy. Each network will be using its first meeting to agree on objectives and focus on deliverables which will be produced over the course of the year. These will be designed to support teams as they seek to increase productivity and improve patient outcomes and experience.

Workforce Network Chair, Paul Kavanagh Fields, Chief Nurse at Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital said, “Our goal with the NOA Workforce Network is to address challenges such as staff retention, training, and DEI, ensuring that we have a resilient and diverse team ready to deliver exceptional orthopaedic care. I’m excited to be chairing the network.

Pathways Network Chair, Jennifer Pearson, Head of Nursing Division 2 at Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, said, “I am thrilled to lead the Pathways Network and collaborate with colleagues across the NOA membership. Together, we aim to optimise patient pathways, reduce inefficiencies, and enhance the overall patient experience in orthopaedic care.

Research & Innovation Network Chair, Matt Revell, Executive Medical Director and Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, said, It is my pleasure to lead the Research & Innovation Network which will focus on early access to innovation and breakthrough technologies, leveraging AI, fostering innovation, and driving impactful research to advance orthopaedic practices and outcomes.” Matt is joined by Research & Innovation Network Vice Chair, Irrum Afzal – Research & Outcomes Manager, South West London Elective Orthoapedic Centre

Performance & Productivity Network Chair, John Bateson, Deputy Director of Strategy & Improvement at Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, said, “I am excited to Chair the Performance & Productivity Network. Our aim is to share best practices and develop strategies that improve efficiency and productivity, enhance patient care and support operational excellence.” John will work alongside the Workforce Network Vice Chair, Steph Wilson – Performance Insight and Improvement Manager, The Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital.

For more information about the NOA networks and how to get involved, email info.noa@nhs.net. Information on upcoming meetings and other key information can be found in the members’ area of the website here.