The NOA Q4 meeting took place in Birmingham on Tuesday, 5 February 2019.
After registration and some initial networking, NOA Chair, Robert Armstrong welcomed guests to the meeting. A brief leaving presentation followed as this was Robert’s final meeting as Chair. NOA’s Lead CEO, Mark Brandreth thanked Robert for his work with the NOA and presented him with a leaving gift.
Mark then led an engaging and interactive sharing session focussed on highlighting achievements from across the membership. An array of projects were shared by everyone in attendance.
The technology focussed section of the day followed with a presentation from Christian Moroy sharing a theatre utilisation software opportunity available for NOA members. Stuart Hubbard then discussed how the MyRecovery app could transform the orthopaedic patient journey.
Rachel Yates kicked off The GIRFT portion of the day with a general update on GIRFT activity. This sparked lots of discussion and healthy debate among attendees. Ed Bramley-Harker followed with a review of the latest GIRFT national report on spinal services – a recently published report which encouraged lots of discussion among attendees. Andy Wheeler then looked at the GIRFT coding project and how clinical coding impacts the NOA.
We then had presentations about upcoming NOA workshops. Anji Kingman presented on the National PROMs Network introductory workshop taking place on 7 March and Hannah Witty led an engaging session on the Cost Improvement Programmes (CIP) workshop scheduled for 1 March. There was interest from across the membership in getting involved in both workshops.
The day ended with a guest speaker presentation from Richard Armstrong giving an insightful overview of the latest developments in National Joint Registry data.
The next NOA meeting will take place on Wednesday 8 May, 2019. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest in attending.