NOA quarterly meeting summary – 3 March 2020

The Q4 NOA quarterly meeting took place in Birmingham on Tuesday 3 March 2020 – part two of NOA’s technology themed meeting series.

NOA Senior Responsible Officer (SRO) and Chief Executive of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (RNOH), Rob Hurd opened the meeting with an introduction to the day while NOA Project Manager, Louise Napier and Communications Manager, Falon Paris-Caines provided useful info for attendees and led a warm up audience interactive ‘Slido’ session.

The first presentation of the day was from Isobel George, Senior Robotics Developer at East Sussex and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust whose presentation ‘Making Time Matter’ looked at virtual workforce, specifically AI and Robotic process automation. The presentation was well received by attendees and generated lots of discussion.

After a short coffee break, Prof John Skinner, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at RNOH looked at introducing robotic assisted surgery to the NHS. The presentation engaged attendees and generated many questions. The first guest speakers for the day were Mr Ola Wiig, Consultant Paed. Orthopaedic Surgeon and Project Lead for OrthoNav at Oslo University Hospital accompanied by Ben Park, Digital Practice Director, AI & Intelligent Automation at Sopra Steria. They presented on OrthoNav Holocare looking at using AR to virtually diagnose and plan hip and pelvis surgery.

Ben Park talks about Orthonav Holocare

After a lunch break buzzing with networking Rob Hurd made a very special announcement – introducing the new NOA Lead CEO, Jo Williams to attendees.  Jo is Chief Executive of the Royal Orthoapedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (ROH), a founder member organisation of the NOA and has been involved with the alliance since she became Chief Executive of the Trust in 2019. She will begin her term as NOA Lead CEO on 1 April 2020 when the tenure of outgoing Lead CEO, Mark Brandreth of Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt (RJAH) Orthopaedic Hospital, comes to an end.

Rob Hurd announces Jo Williams as new NOA Lead CEO

Peter Domos, Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic surgeon at Royal Free London gave an overview of the digitised Virtual Fracture Clinic Pathway at the Trust. Guest speaker, Dr Mark Ratnarajah, Managing Director UK of C2-Ai presented on the benefits of Copeland’s Risk Adjusted Barometer (CRAB) at RNOH while Rob Hurd supported the presentation by providing details of how the initiative had gone at RNOH. After this, Mr Andy Toms, Consultant Orthopadic Surgeon at Royal Devon and Exeter gave a thought proving review of revision knee replacement in the NHS.

After a short break, Mr Stuart Hay, Consultant Ortho. Surgeon at RJAH gave attendees an indepth overview of the changing landscape of elbow replacement. This generated a lot of discussion and debate. Mr Stephen White Medical Director at RJAH then gave a proposal for joint NOA work on wellbeing – giving a call to action to attendees to share experience of wellbeing at their organisatons.

The final presentation of the day came from new NOA lead CEO, Jo Willims who gave a brief 2020/2021 forward view of the NOA.

The next NOA quarterly meeting is scheduled for 25 June 2020. Email to register your interest in attending.