Orthopaedic recruitment during COVID

NOA Webinar: COVID Orthopaedic Recovery: National and International recruitment

16 February 2022 at 1pm

The first National Orthopaedic Alliance webinar for 2022 will look at national and international recruitment.

Probably the biggest issue impeding orthopaedic surgery recovery is staffing. Many members of staff have left the NHS, retired early or have long term medical and/or mental health issues that limit their ability to work.

This has resulted in staffing shortages across various orthopaedic services in particular, theatre staffing. Providers are … Read this article

Orthopaedic recovery webinar

NOA Webinar – Orthopaedic Recovery: Prioritisation and Harms Review

17 November 2021 at 1pm

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented us with a major challenge in orthopaedic recovery. The inevitable delays mean we need to ensure the most urgent cases are given the correct priority and that we identify potential and real harm during this process. This has meant a big increase in work for Clinicians and supporting management. The next NOA webinar focuses on this challenge and hears from three … Read this article

BOA Annual Congress 2021 opens to general registration

General registration for the BOA Annual Congress 2021 opened on Monday 24 May. Early Bird registration is now closed. 

The Congress will be held for the first time at P&J Live, The Event Complex Aberdeen (TECA). It will be one of the largest annual gatherings of trauma and orthopaedics professionals in the UK and hopefully one of the first live events since the start of the pandemic.

Sessions include:

  • Revalidation and hot topic sessions by specialist societies
  • Naughton Dunn Lecture
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Outcomes data collection in orthopaedics

The latest NOA guest blog post by Rebecca Lafferty, national PROMS network co-ordinator and outcomes manager (Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) looks at outcomes data collection in orthopaedics and outlines her personal experience of outcomes pathways and processes.

Outcomes data collection can mean different things to different people. It depends on the provider and how the data collection process is set up. In some units, the data collected contributes to a bigger picture through national data … Read this article

#BestMSKHealth programme launch

NHS England has launched a new programme with the aim of sustaining the delivery of evidence-informed, personalised, high-quality integrated healthcare of value to all. This new initiative, part of the Pathways for Better Health Programme, significantly increases the resource to support MSK service delivery.

The programme covers the breadth of MSK including orthopaedics, rheumatology and pain, spanning primary secondary and community services. You can watch the launch event here.

The programme has ten workstreams, each led by … Read this article

BOA position on suspending surgery due to COVID-19

With cases of COVID-19 currently rising across the UK, there are discussions of a second wave resulting in a spike in COVID-19 -related hospital admissions this autumn. In the first wave many of the activities of the NHS were put on hold as a precaution to preserve capacity. This was understandable in the face of a rapidly escalating and unpredictable threat. However, the BOA is keen to help ensure that in the event of a second wave the normal care … Read this article

BOA Patient statement regarding COVID-19 and elective care

The British Orthopaedic Association has published their latest patient statement for those people currently awaiting elective surgery, many of whom are experiencing uncertainties and difficulties. Growing waiting lists are affecting all planned surgery, but particularly orthopaedics (bone and joint treatment) which has the largest overall waiting list of any individual specialty.

The BOA has created this statement to provide some information and guidance to support patients during this time. If you could please pass this on to help reach those … Read this article

BOA – People waiting for orthopaedic surgery

A British Orthopaedic Association message to people waiting for joint replacement and other orthopaedic surgery

Growing waiting lists are affecting all planned surgery, but particularly orthopaedics which has the largest overall waiting list of any individual specialty. The BOA’s statement [published 26 June 2020] is a response to the concern, frustration and a lack of information available to people waiting for surgery. It explains how services can restart, gives advice on what to do, and provides resources to help people … Read this article

The changing landscape of orthopaedic services in light of the COVID-19 pandemic

Guest blog by

Cormac Kelly, Consultant Upper Limb Surgeon at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Peter Kay, National Orthopaedic Alliance (NOA) Lead Clinician and Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The COVID-19 crisis has changed the delivery of planned orthopaedic surgery drastically. As the pandemic continues to subside, the NHS, with various guidance from Public Health England, Medical and Surgical Colleges, the British Orthopaedic Association, and … Read this article

The restrictions on access to care – the impact of waiting for surgery

The BOA is nearing the end of our Centennial year and reflecting on 100 years of developments in orthopaedic surgery. While innovation in surgical techniques has dramatically improved patient care, the changing nature of healthcare delivery systems, rationing and access to care mean that many patients are still struggling with the day-to-day impact of MSK conditions.

During our Congress last week we heard powerful stories from patients on the impact of waiting for surgery. From a patient waiting for carpal … Read this article