North London Partners in health and care

Orthopaedic review workshops

Do you care about the future of joint and bone surgery in north central London? 

We are currently recruiting resident representatives to be involved in the next stages of our review of Adult Elective Orthopaedic Services.

Adult elective orthopaedic surgery is planned (non-emergency) surgery of bones and joints, such as hip and knee replacements. In 2016/17, north central London hospitals carried out over 23,000 adult elective orthopaedic operations across ten hospital sites.  We think there may be opportunities to improve adult elective orthopaedic surgery in north central London by consolidating services onto fewer sites and we are part-way through a review of these services to see if these improvements can be achieved.

A review group, led by local clinicians, involving patients, commissioners and those who currently carry out these operations, shared a draft case for change in the summer of 2018 and invited feedback from a wide range of stakeholders across our boroughs.  We spoke to over 500 people and what we were told has been independently evaluated to shape the next stage of the review. 

You can read the draft case for change and evaluation of the engagement on our website.

We think it is likely that we will formally consult on options for this service in Autumn 2019, and we would like resident representatives to be involved in shaping the options we consult people about.

The next stage of the review is to finalise our service model and develop a process for an options appraisal, that will help to decide how and where services might be delivered in the future.  Final decisions will be made by clinical commissioners from the governing bodies of the five north central London CCGs, (or a wider joint arrangement as required). 

To help shape this, we are:

  • Inviting resident representatives to review the feedback from our engagement phase and help us to prioritise what is most important in the future of this service
  • Inviting resident representatives to help test the final service model
  • Inviting resident representatives to be part of shaping our options appraisal process

We will be staging a number of discussion workshops, for patients, residents and clinicians, and some patient and resident focus groups. We are keen to have a wide range of representatives from all backgrounds and experiences as part of this exercise, and training will be offered so that people can participate with confidence.

Each workshop will last around two to three hours.  As well as helping to shape the future of important NHS care, taking part will also give you a better understanding of how the NHS plans services and develop some new skills.

If you would like to contribute, please complete our questionnaire.

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You can also download a PDF of the questionnaire and complete it electronically, then email it to us. 

There are a limited number of places available on these groups – and we want to make sure that each group has a balanced representation – so not all applicants will be invited to participate at this stage.  However, there will be lots of future opportunities to contribute so anyone who applies will have the opportunity to feed back during our consultation phase. 

Reasonable travel expenses will be paid (on production of receipts).

At present, events are scheduled to take place on:

  • Friday 15 March, training to participate in workshops (below):
    10.30am to 12 midday (TBC)
  • Monday 18 March, workshop: 9.30am to 12.30pm (nearest tube Warren Street)
  • Monday 1 April, workshop: 9.30am to 12.30pm (nearest tube Warren Street)

Please let us know if there are particular dates you are unable to attend (this will not discount you from being invited to other dates).

If you would like to contribute, please complete our questionnaire before 12 midday on Monday 4 March 2019