National Orthopaedic Alliance


As a founder member of the Specialist Orthopaedic Alliance (SOA),The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital is helping to drive work around the National Orthopaedic Alliance (NOA).


What is the NOA?

The Specialist Orthopaedic Alliance (SOA) was formed of a group of specialists’ centers dedicated to providing Orthopaedic services ranging from the straightforward to the highly specialised, to patients across the UK.  They worked to heighten national awareness of specialist orthopaedics to protect and enhance services, and quality of experience, for patients and staff.  Alliance activity has been focused on making both a clinical and an economic case for specialist orthopaedics – in terms of patient care, teaching and research. 

In 2015/16 the SOA  received NHSE Vanguard status and funding to develop a set of Quality Standards for Orthopaedic Care. 

The aim of the Vanguard project was to create a UK-wide alliance of Orthopaedic providers by evolving the SOA members into National Orthopaedic Alliance (NOA) to deliver outstanding and consistent care in more areas. NOA developed a consistent benchmarking framework, describing ‘what good looks like’ in Orthopaedic care and the components of a quality improvement journey.

In July 2017 the Specialist Orthopaedic Alliance formally became the National Orthopaedic Alliance. The NOA will continue to provide the services originally provided by the SOA but will have a national perspective to all providers of Orthopaedic care.



The purpose/objectives of the National Orthopaedic Alliance is to: 

  • Provide a forum for information sharing and learning between members.
  • Influence the development of government and of other political parties’ health policy as it affects Orthopaedic care.
  • Benchmark performance nationally and internationally. 
  • Support moves to accredit services providers.
  • Promote orthopaedics through marketing, public relations and parliamentary activity.
  • Explore and, if it is potentially detrimental to patient care, challenge developments relating to the national configuration of services.


Who is in the NOA?


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