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Nurse recruitment open day – you could leave with a job offer!

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We are recruiting Band 5 nurses to several departments – this is your chance to work for a world leading specialist hospital and gain experience you won’t get anywhere else. We are hosting a Recruitment Open Day on Saturday 4 March to discuss opportunities available. You could even walk away with a job!

Who we're looking for

  • People due to qualify as a Registered Adult or Children’s Nurse or Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) in 2017; and
  • People with experience of working as a Registered Nurse or ODP looking for a new challenge.

The open day will take place on Saturday 4 March, to discuss opportunities across specialities including:

  • Oncology and Teenage Cancer Trust
  • Spinal
  • Specialist orthopaedic surgery
  • Children and young people’s services
  • Admissions and Day Case Unit
  • High Dependency Unit – adult and paediatric
  • Pre-operative assessment clinic
  • Outpatients department
  • Theatres

Drop in on Saturday 4 March between 10am and 2pm in the Research and Teaching Centre at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital to:

  • Meet members of the team, to discuss the services and care we provide
  • Find out about preceptorship, professional development opportunities and rotational posts
  • Take a tour and see what facilities we have to offer
  • Have an interview

Our Head of Nursing Sue Smith said: “I’m really looking forward to meeting lots of nurses on 4 March and showing them the fantastic work we do here at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital. We’ll be taking applications, carrying out drug calculations tests and interviewing people on the day. We have a great team here, and we really want to find the right people to join us and help us to continue to deliver excellent care to our patients.”

Free refreshments will be available.

Register your interest

To register your interest, please complete an application form before the Open Day. Alternatively, you can bring along your CV. Please also bring with you proof of identity and proof of address.

Find out more

If you have a question, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more.

The NOA: Improving Quality In Orthopaedic Care Across England

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The National Orthopaedic Alliance (NOA) has a simple, yet ambitious aim – to raise standards of orthopaedic care across England. It is an acute care collaboration (ACC) vanguard project, led by Specialist Orthopaedic Alliance (SOA) founder members:

Brought together towards the end of 2015 as part of NHS England’s New Care Models programme, the NOA builds on existing work that has been done by the SOA. The vanguard is based on a Quality Standards membership model founded on evidence-based descriptors of ‘what good looks like’ in orthopaedic care. It will create tools for providers and commissioners to enable them to consistently achieve quality and efficiency including a clear benchmarking system and will develop flexible contracting mechanisms to ensure that commissioners can adopt the quality assured new model of care in different local health systems. The NOA will also be seeking opportunities to support other specialties in adopting similar quality based membership models to drive improvements in care.

Fundamentally, the aim of the NOA is fourfold. The critical factor is improving clinical outcomes for patients.  Secondly, we want to improve the quality of life of patients, improve their overall experience and their confidence. Thirdly, we want to improve operational efficiency, and create savings across the orthopaedic specialty. Finally, we will create savings and quality improvements across other specialties.

It’s an exciting time for the NOA as momentum starts to build and work is underway writing our Quality Standards that will form the basis of how the vanguard works. We are also delighted to have received funding for year three of the project. We are excited to continue our work around developing Quality Standards for orthopaedic care while looking for opportunities to replicate our model across other specialties.

NOA Lead Chief Executive, Jo Chambers from the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham said:

“The NOA will be actively seeking new members to spread coverage of the standards and quality improvement approach. The quality standard will become a differentiating characteristic which we anticipate will support commissioners when determining where to commission provider services.”

NOA Lead Clinician, Peter Kay, who is leading on the Quality Standards said:

“The objective of the NOA vanguard is to improve the delivery of orthopaedics across the country and to recognise individual units for their excellence in delivery and outcomes in orthopaedic care, creating an improvement methodology to achieve excellence.

Key to achieving our objectives is the recognition of what ‘good looks like’. The Specialist Orthopaedic Alliance (SOA) holds much of the best practice and delivers excellent outcomes for the patients and because of this we have involved our members in writing the Quality Standards.

To do this we will use Best Practice from across the SOA along with a comprehensive set of information packs which have been written for us by the British Medical Journal.

We are kicking off with 7 pilots:

  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Periprosthetic Infection
  • Safety
  • Theatre efficiency
  • Enhanced Recovery
  • Coding and Costing

Further information

For further information visit: www.england.nhs.uk/vanguards/noa, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or follow @NOA_Vanguard on Twitter.

Prestigious Exam Held At The Hospital

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We recently hosted the annual three day Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) Trauma and Orthopaedic Revision Course.

This prestigious course is led by Mr Khalid Baloch, Orthopaedic surgeon, clinical tutor and director of the Birmingham Orthopaedic Teaching Programme (BOTP), and is organised by the Trusts Medical Education Team. 

This course is a highly recognised programme with registrars and fellows from across the country requesting to attend, in preparation for their final FRCS exams. Hosting it is a real honour!

The course is supported by a faculty of over 60 orthopaedic consultants and tutors from across the region, who offer their time to support the development and success of our registrars who are the consultants of the future. They also gain recognition and skills development whilst being able to share knowledge and develop best practice during the event. 

100% of the BOTP registrars (Birmingham Orthopaedic Teaching Programme) who attended the FRCS revision course in January 2016 went on to successfully pass their Final FRCS exams in February 2016.

For further information on future FRCS courses, or to find out more about the education and teaching activity that occurs at the Trust please contact our Education and Training team via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Trauma and Orthopaedic Revision Course

Notice of a meeting of the Council of Governors 18 January

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Notice is hereby given to all of the members of the Council of Governors of the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust that the following meetings of the Council of Governors will be held in the Board Room on 18 January 2017:
Meeting Timing: Public section 1400h – 1600h
 
Dame Yve Buckland
Chairman

Notice of Public Board Meeting on Wednesday 11 January 2017

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The next meeting in public of the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust NHS Trust Board will take place on Wednesday 11 January 2017 commencing at 1100h in the Board Room at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Headquarters.
 
Members of the public and press are welcome to attend. The agenda for the public part of the meeting is available on the website.
 
Questions for the Board should be received by the Trust Board Administrator no later than 24hrs prior to the meeting by post or e-mail to: Trust Board Administrator, Jane Colley at the Management Offices or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dame Yve Buckland
 
Chairman
 
Public Bodies (Admissions to Meetings) Act 1960
 
Members of the Public and Press are entitled to attend these meetings although the Trust Board reserves the right to exclude, by Resolution, the Press and Public wherever publicity would be prejudicial to the public interest by reason of the confidential nature of the business to be transacted or for other special reasons, stated in the Resolution

Thank you for your donations!

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For many people, Christmas and New Year is a great time of joy but it can be difficult for those living in fear of violence or abuse in their own homes. Every year, women, men and children in our community flee their homes because of domestic abuse. They often are highly stressed and have no time to pack but see this as their only chance to live in a safe place.

The First Night Campagin aims to support people fleeing domestic vionece on their first night away from home.

Today we handed over a cage full of essential items to Gilgal Birmingham for the First Night Campaign. Thank you to everyone who donated, you helped to make a real difference. We would also like to say a special thank you to Carl, one of our volunteers, who helped to gather so many items from local shops and businesses. Big thanks as well to Bournville Village Trust, Edgwood Court, Harborne House, Firs Close and Four Dwellings School juniors and infants and to everyone else who gave so generously.

For more information about Gilgal Birmingham and the work they do please visit their website or their Facebook page

BSOA medal for Dr Tom Neal

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One of our Consultant Anaesthetists has been awarded a prestigious honour and we're very proud!

Consultant Anaesthetist Dr Tom Neal has been awarded the British Society of Orthopaedic Anaesthetists President’s Medal. He received the pretigious award for his work in the field of anaesthesia for major onco-orthopaedic surgery. Well done Tom!

The British Society of Orthopaedic Anaesthetists (B.S.O.A) is a specialist society for anaesthetists with an interest in Orthopaedic Anaesthesia. Find our more by visiting their website: www.bsoa.org.uk

Mrs Ivy Olds sets a new record at ROH!

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Mrs Ivy Olds set the record this month as the oldest patient to ever receive a new hip at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Northfield.

At 99 years old, Mrs Olds holds the record as the oldest patient to ever undergo the operation at the Trust. The operation was a success and our team are delighted with her recovery.

Her consultant, the fantastic Mr Roger Tillman said; “It is unusual to list a patient so advanced in years for this sort of operation, but Mrs Olds is as fit as a fiddle. Her new hip will reduce the pain she was experiencing and will allow her to return to doing the things she enjoys.”

Mrs Olds, who lives in Shirley, is pleased with the new lease of life her new hip will afford her. She said; “I’m looking forward to not having to use a walking stick anymore! I’m already feeling much better. The care has been perfect, I couldn’t fault it.”

Her son Pete said; “My mum has always been active, so it’s fantastic to see her doing so well. Now she has a new hip she can get up and down stairs and continue playing bingo with her friends!”

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