NOA newsletter              May 2022
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NOA Excellence in Orthopaedics Awards Launches - Nominations Open!

We are very excited to launch the NOA Excellence in Orthopaedics Awards. The awards recognise NOA member organisations, projects and teams that have distinguished themselves through exemplary contributions, influence and commitment to transforming services across orthopaedics – both clinically and non-clinically.

2022 will be the inaugural year for the awards which will take place on the evening of 19 October 2022 following the NOA Annual Members’ Conference. It’s an exciting time and we would love NOA members to get involved! Find out more on our website. If you’re form an NOA member organisation, you can nominate now

NOA Annual Members' Conference Early Bird Registration Open
The second NOA Annual Members' Conference will take place in Birmingham on Wednesday 19 October 2022. Early registration is now open so book now! 

We are delighted to confirm the below speakers already lined up with more being added regularly. Keep up to date with speakers on the NOA website.
  • Andrew Bennett - National Clinical Director, NHS England and Improvement
  • Jo Williams - Lead NOA Lead CEO, & Chief Executive, Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Chloe Stewart - Health Psychologist, National Specialist Clinical Advisor in Personalised Care/MSK, NHS England and Improvement
Interested in Speaking?
We would love to hear about any exciting projects, best practice or other opportunities you want to share with NOA members on the day. To put forward a speaker, email us on
Blog: Evolution of the Regional Revision Arthroplasty Multidisciplinary Team Meeting in South West London

Our latest guest blog post comes from Irrum Afzal, Sarkhell Radha, Sulaiman Alazzawi, Vipin Asopa, Richard Field and Philip Mitchell of the South West London Elective Orthopaedic Centre . An excerpt is below: 
Multidisciplinary team (MDT) meetings in orthopaedic surgery are evolving. The goals of these meetings include patient optimisation, surgical planning and discharge arrangements on an individual patient basis. In line with British Hip Society, British Association Surgery of the Knee and GIRFT guidelines, the South West London region and parts of the Kent-Surrey-Sussex region set up a regional MDT meeting. Our model follows the ‘hub-and-spoke’ model with the South West London Elective Orthopaedic Centre (SWLEOC) being the hub...continue reading on the NOA website.

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NOA Webinar: 'Learning from Never Events and Serious Incidents (SUIs)'

Join us for our upcoming webinar, Learning from Never Events and Serious Incidents (SUIs).
Date: 25 May 2022 
Time: 1pm – 2:15pm 
  • Professor John Tingle from the University of Birmingham Law School who specialises in clinical negligence litigation and patient safety
  • Mr Perbinder Grewal - a General & Vascular Surgeon, Human Factors & Patient Safety Trainer, and Emotional Intelligence Practitioner who leads on medical education both locally and nationally.

NOA Events Calendar

25 May 2022, 1pm - 2:15pm - Webinar: Learning from Never Events and Serious Incidents (SUIs) 

30 June 2022 at midnight – Nomination deadline for NOA Excellence in Orthopaedics Awards (NOA members only)

6 July 2022, 1pm-2:15pm – Webinar focused on ICS’s and Specialist Commissioning

19 October 2022, 9am - 5pm - NOA Annual Members’ Conference (NOA members only)

19 October 2022, 7pm - onwards: NOA Excellence in Orthopaedics Awards (NOA members only)

Stay up to date with NOA events on our website
Updates for NOA Members
NOA Website Members' Area - Refreshed Content

Have you visited the NOA website members’ area lately? There’s lots of new information and resources for you to access ranging from a new Workforce and People and Achieving Net Zero pages to updates on our Opportunities and Industry News section and much more. Not yet signed up to access the members’ area? It’s quick and easy on the NOA website.

Industry News and Events
BOTA Sustainability In Orthopaedic Surgery Virtual Conference
Interested in sustainability in Orthopaedic Surgery but not sure where to start? This virtual event is for you! Presenting talks from SWLEOC (South West London Elective Orthopaedic Centre), Greener Operations, GASP (Greener Anaesthesia and Sustainability Project), Professor Mahmood Bhutta and more.

The British Orthopaedic Trainees Association (BOTA) have built an exciting programme of speakers covering many aspects of sustainability which affect Orthopaedic Surgery. The event will run entirely online via zoom on 17 June 2022 from 2.00-5.30pm. Booking through Eventbrite will secure your place, and the Zoom link will be sent to you closer to the event. Find out more.
BOA Annual Congress 2022
The 2022 BOA Annual Congress will take place on 20 – 23 September around the theme of ‘Technology, Data and Recovery’, with four days of lectures, debates and discussions including three days of exhibition being held at the ICC, Birmingham. Early Bird registration is now open and will be available until 23.59 Sunday 22 May 2022 for BOA members.
General registration will open on Monday 23 May 2022 and close for late registration on Sunday 4 September 2022 until Tuesday 13 September. Find out more.
ARMA MSK Health Inequalities Resource Page
In common with other health conditions, there are significant health inequalities in MSK. The Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA) health inequalities resource page is designed to signpost to the most relevant and useful resources and information specifically about MSK health inequalities.
ARMA Social Prescribing and Musculoskeletal Health Guide
The Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA) social prescribing and musculoskeletal conditions document is aimed at social prescribers without a specific MSK service or background in MSK conditions. It will help them use social prescribing to make a difference to people’s lives and become a champion for the importance of good MSK health. Find out more.
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