The vanguard and the people it serves
Orthopaedic services support patients who have problems with their bones, joints or ligaments. The National Orthopaedic Alliance wants to improve the services that its members provide and then create a framework (or ‘pathway’) that others can follow to improve their own care standards, leading to consistent high quality care across England.
The National Orthopaedic Alliance’s framework will be based on a quality standard membership model founded on evidence-based descriptors of ‘what good looks like’ in orthopaedic care.
To help realise this project, the founder members of the Specialist Orthopaedic Alliance will be leading on National Orthopaedic Alliance activity. They are:
- Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Oswestry
- Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust in Stanmore
- Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Birmingham
- Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust
- Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
This vanguard has a national reach.
What is changing?
The vanguard is aiming to improve the quality and consistency of orthopaedic care for patients across the country and in doing so, develop a new way of working that smaller hospitals and specialist providers can introduce to help them offer services that are better quality and more consistently cost-effective.
Through their work to improve their own services, the vanguard partners will create tools that other providers can use to offer high quality, efficient services. They will also set the quality standards that should be met across other providers.
As well as looking at how orthopaedic services are delivered to patients, they will develop new business and funding models and new ways for organisations to work more closely together. This will include ‘back office’ functions such as finance and human resources as well as the clinical teams.
- Supports the spread of specialist care over wider areas, bringing care closer to home
- Improves both the efficiency and effectiveness of services, leading to a better quality of care and long term financial sustainability.
- Joining the National Orthopaedic Alliance and achieving its Quality Standards will give providers tools and support to deliver improved:
- Clinical outcomes for patients
- Quality of life for patients
- Patient experience
- Patient confidence
- Operational efficiency
- Significant savings across the orthopaedic specialty
- Replicable savings and quality improvements across other specialties