NOA quarterly meeting summary – 1 August 2019

The NOA Q2 (2019/20) meeting took place in Birmingham on Thursday, 1 August 2019. The meeting, which had a Day Case focus, was opened by NOA Communications and Engagement Manager, Falon Paris-Caines who welcomed attendees and outlined plans for the day. 

Inspired by a recent Wrightington Wigan and Leigh (WWL) team visit to the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital (ROH) to learn more about the Trust’s JointCare service (read more here), NOA lead CEO, Mark Brandreth led a sharing session with attendees to capture what they were most proud of at their organisation. This helped to generate more potential visit opportunities for sharing best practice across the NOA – areas highlighted ranged from PROMs to enhanced recovery, robotic surgery and much more.

The first presentation of the day was from Tim Board, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at WWL. Tim shared details of a day case total hip replacement trial at the Trust – a presentation which generated many questions and dialogue amongst attendees.

After a short coffee break, the Chair of Division, Trauma, Orthopaedics and Rehabilitations at Belfast Trust, Gavan McAlinden, gave attendees an insight into regional proposals on elective day case surgery at the Trust. It was another lively and engaging presentation, which generated lots of discussion.

Gavan McAlinden, gives attendees an insight into regional proposals for elective day case surgery at Belfast Trust

In a follow-up presentation from 2018, Karen Barker, Clinical Director T&O at Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) gave attendees an update on day case knee surgery at the Trust – including the rollout from uni-knee replacement to total knee replacement.

After a lunch break, guest speaker, Stuart Hubbard presented on how the MyRecovery app could transform the orthopaedic patient journey with a focus on how the app could impact day case recovery.  As part of his presentation, Stuart shared a case study from NOA member hospital, Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) looking at how the app was used in the Trust’s veteran’s hip and knee service.

The NOA team then gave an update on projects, activities and upcoming workshops including coding, tariff, CIP, procurement and PROMs. Of particular focus was the upcoming PROMs and CIPs workshops (find out more here). The plan for the NOA quality standards review was also shared and opinions on how to move forward with this review discussed.

The final presentation of the day came from Eva Fiz, Assistant General Manager at Guys and St Thomas’. Eva presented on the ‘Perfect Week’ in orthopaedics at the Trust. Her in depth and honest presentation ensured the meeting ended just as engaging and stimulating as it began.

The next NOA quarterly meeting is scheduled for Friday 29 November. For further details see here or email to register your interest in attending.