The BOA and Royal College of Surgeons have embarked upon a programme of clinical commissioning guidance development in concert with the Right Care team. Across the ten surgical specialties they have identified 30-40 areas of care where there is significant variation and a need to describe a high value care pathway. The aim is to have a suite of guidance in place, by February 2013, that will assist clinical commissioning groups to deliver high quality, equitable and safe surgical services. It is a great opportunity for the patients to be involved in the development of guidelines that will influence how all CCGs commission orthopaedic services.
At the moment, they need two patient reps each for the Elbow & Shoulder group and Hand group, and one further patient to be representative on the Knee group. (Hips, Spines and Foot & Ankle are already covered). No specific experience is required from any of the patient reps, although it would be beneficial if they had some experience of musculoskeletal diseases. They expect that most of the work will be conducted by email and teleconference, with perhaps 1-2 meetings, for which travel expenses will, of course, be paid.
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