The August NOA quarterly meeting took place in Birmingham. The theme of the meeting was Sharing Best Practice across our membership.
Gavan McAlinden, Consultant in T&O surgery and Medical Director at Musgrave Hospital Belfast outlined the challenges faced by NI Orthopaedics and in particular issues around supply chain post Brexit.
Phil Turner, Vice President of the British Orthopaedic Association shared the most pressing issues confronting Orthopaedics and BOA’s strategy for dealing with those issues and how the NOA can support this work.
Karen Barker the University Hospital Oxford Clinical Director for T&O shared their experiences in moving to a day case pathway (‘one pathway for all patients’) for Unicompartmental knee arthroplasty highlighting lessons learnt and best practice.
Outcomes Facilitator Anji Kingman and Ajay Malviya (Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon) joined us from Northumbria Healthcare Trust to demonstrate how using PROMS has informed and improved their practice particularly with regards to outcomes of knee replacements. Anji explained how they are developing their own software that will create their own complete registry covering everything they do and simplifying PROMS recording.
Members outlined areas that are a challenge for them. A series of meetings, training events and webinars will be run centred around those topics.
NOA Tariff and Procurement Steering groups gave updates on their progress and next steps.
The NOA coding project team explained the benefits of integrating with GIRFT on specific overlapping coding themes.
The next NOA meeting, including christmas lunch, will be 30th November at The Park Regis Hotel, Birmingham