National Orthopaedic Alliance moves forward with plans to create an Orthopaedic Quality Improvement (inc. Clinical Audit) Network

Following an introductory webinar to explore the formation of an Orthopaedic Quality Improvement (inc. Clinical Audit) Network (OQICAN), the National Orthopaedic Alliance (NOA) is moving forward with its plans to create the network.

Building on the positive feedback from the introductory webinar, the first Planning and Steering Group meeting for OQICAN was held on 8 December 2020 with 23 representatives from 7 of our member Trusts. Working closely with members and existing networks such as the National Quality Improvement (incl. Clinical Audit) Network (NQICAN), the OQICAN will enable specialist orthopaedic centres to be connected as a primary source of support and expertise in all aspects of quality improvement and clinical audit for orthopaedics.

The new network is being led and coordinated by the NOA as part of its remit to bring together orthopaedic centres around the UK to share best practice and address shared challenges.

Ann Hoey Deputy Director of the NOA said, “We are so excited to be moving forward with OQICAN. Existing networks have already made a significant contribution to connecting healthcare professionals working in Quality Improvement roles, particularly on a regional basis, but there is currently no orthopaedic network available to address the needs of this specialism. There is a growing consensus among members that OQICAN will have extraordinary potential to bring together orthopaedic healthcare and QI professionals to share learning as well as promote high quality QI and CA work.”

Recordings of the launch webinar and first steering group meeting are in the members’ area of the NOA website here. To find out more or to express your interest in getting involved with OQICAN, email