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surgical hubs

During the NOA Annual Members Conference 2022 in October, Professor Tim Briggs and Professor Peter Kay delivered a presentation on Orthopaedic Surgical Hubs which is a key element of elective recovery efforts. The session had a lot of interest and excellent feedback from members. We have since shared a surgical hubs focused survey with members and are currently working to progress work in this area.

Cost Improvement Programmes

In November 2018 one of NOA’s founder member organisations, the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH), asked for help setting up an exercise to share ideas and learning around the identification of CIP schemes for 2019/20. The proposal generated a lot of interest across the NOA membership, and in March, 2019 the NOA held its first CIP sharing workshop.

The second CIP workshop, held in November 2019  included presentations from attendees highlighting CIP achievements, challenges and lessons learned as well as themed breakout focus groups. The workshop which was chaired by the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and timed to help Trusts prepare for business planning 20/21. Read more about the day here.

A third CIP workshop was held in December 2020 (read more here) and gave colleagues across the country a chance to reflect on delivering CIPs during a pandemic and discuss how to move forward with planning for the next year.

The latest CIP workshop took place in March 2022. You can read more about the session here.  

More details, resources and updates on NOA CIP activity are in the members area of the website.

Clinical Coding

Clinical coding issues raised by Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) resulted in the creation of a clinical coding project which looks at coding at a national level across all specialties. This work is producing best practice documentation and coding standards and the NOA is taking an active part in shaping the orthopaedics work undertaken by the project.

After an initial clinical coding workshop, an NOA Short Guide to Clinical Coding for Clinicians was published and distributed to all NOA member Trusts. The guide has been designed for clinicians to provide them with an insight into clinical coding best practice. It explains the basics and common pitfalls of coding in orthopaedics. We have also held CPD accredited clinical coding workshops and continue to work with the GIRFT team.

More details, resources and updates are in the members area of the website.

Workforce and people

Recruitment, retention and organisational culture are issues the NOA works to support its members to share best practice and address challenges for the workforce and its’ people. We share information and resources which we hope will support NOA members to share practice and address challenges for the workforce and its’ people.

NOA wellbeing webinar series

The first in NOA’s wellbeing webinar series was held on 4 March 2021. It looked at some of the challenges and opportunities to improve staff wellbeing during the pandemic at NOA member trusts.  Find out more and view the recording in the members area of our website..

Wellbeing workshops

Using feedback from staff at member organisations, we developed a series of wellbeing workshops. The workshops covered:

  1. Self-Care for Tough Times
  2. Spotting & Preventing Burnout
  3.  Resilience – Recharge the Inner Battery

Read more about the sessions run for the NOA by Work Well Being in our events section.

More details, resources and updates are in the members’ area of the website.


The NOA met with the Collaborative Procurement Partnership (CPP) in January 2018 to contribute to the Category Tower 4 strategy and has since maintained close ties with CPP through their delivery of Total Orthopaedics Solution (TOS) and the preparation stages of TOS2 roll out.

The aim of the NOA Procurement Group is to share information, pool expertise and maintain a discourse with central procurement bodies to ensure best value for our members.

 The NOA is maintaining a dialogue with the Category Tower Director – Tower 4 to ensure we help shape and influence the future category strategy and have been instrumental in the setting up of a National Category Stakeholder Group for Orthopaedics.

More details, resources and updates are in the members area of the website.


In summer 2021, the NOA hosted a meeting to explore the creation of an NOA working group dedicated to Outcomes. .

In addition to an initial exploratory meeting, we have conducted an NOA Outcomes survey which sought to understand:

  • If NOA members support submission to all the national data sets
  • If NOA members are involved in regional data collections
  • How information is used within NOA member Trusts
  • Where support might be needed

More details, resources and updates are in the members area of the website.