Greater Manchester Orthopaedic Alliance

GM Orthopaedic Alliance is an alliance of orthopaedic clinicians, academics and service providers in Greater Manchester.

The alliance works to ensure Greater Manchester NHS providers deliver world-class orthopaedic service, education, training and research.

There are a number of drivers demanding change:

  • the diversifying provider market and the trauma centre delivery model challenging existing methods to deliver the required medical training
  • the expected growth in the population over 75 and with it the changing demand
  • collective commitment to reduce and eliminate variation in clinical outcome, patient experience and value for money

Background

The ‘Getting it right first time’ (GIRFT) report published by Professor Tim Briggs in late 2012, considered the current state of England’s orthopaedic surgery provision and suggested that changes can be made to improve pathways of care, patient experience and outcomes, with significant cost savings.

The findings of the GIRFT reports for the 10 trusts in Greater Manchester (GM) were widely accepted and acted as a catalyst for change in orthopaedic practice across the conurbation.

It was realised that individual trusts could not address these issues and a citywide forum was needed to implement service transformation. The GM Orthopaedic Alliance was formed by nine GM trusts.

GMOA Members

The meetings are clinician led and chaired by Professor Phil Turner, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Stepping Hill Hospital, Clinical Lead, Inflammation and Repair Domain, Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC).

Nine GM Trusts formed the Manchester Orthopaedic Alliance:

  • Bolton NHS Foundation Trust
  • Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • East Cheshire NHS Trust
  • Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
  • Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
  • Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospital of South Manchester
  • Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

The alliance meetings occur every 3 months and are held under the umbrella of the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre with administrative support.

Key Aims

The key aims of the GMOA are to:

  • Improve the MSK health of GM
  • Improve the care of the orthopaedic patient
  • Reduce variation
  • Raise standards with the aim of all GM trusts being within the top 10% of performers in objective measures for trauma and orthopaedics
  • Raise the academic profile of orthopaedic provision nationally and internationally
  • Enhance the training and education of all those involved in MSK care
  • Control or reduce costs

Ultimately, the aim is to be seen as a beacon site for the organisation and integration of MSK services.

Contact the alliance 

For more information please contact Professor Phil Turner.


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