RNOH selected as partner in ACC vanguard

The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust is a partner in one of 13 new hospital vanguards to develop new models of care, representing the next stage of implementing the NHS Five Year Forward View.

Known as acute care collaboration vanguards, they are designed to spread excellence in hospital services and management across multiple geographies and explore radical new options for the future of local hospitals across the NHS.

The new vanguards will receive financial and practical support, and learning from their experience will be used by other areas in coming years. This is part of a joint programme led by NHS England and NHS Improvement with other NHS Five Year Forward View partners.

The National Orthopaedic Alliance vanguard will develop a UK-wide franchise or chain of orthopaedic providers to deliver outstanding and consistent care in more areas. Partners include Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Oswestry; Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust in Stanmore and Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Birmingham.

The vanguard partners will explore formal ways of collaborating more closely to explore how they could extend their model more widely across the country. This work builds on their already established base of collaboration and will formalise the way organisations work together on a clinical basis.

The vanguard will also explore the possibility of delivering exemplar orthopaedic services on a franchise model across England. Our work will include developing a single common model for NHS franchising that can be picked up by any speciality; to implement best practice; to identify ways of expanding across a wider geography; and to ensure that scale brings with it stronger local patient and community involvement.

For patients, this could help deliver higher quality care more consistently across the country and also provide a new model for smaller hospitals and specialist providers.

Rob Hurd, Chief Executive of the RNOH, said “We are delighted to be furthering the work of the Specialist Orthopaedic Alliance through this new model of partnership working. We are convinced that we can help to provide high quality and consistent patient care through our collaboration and developing a franchise that provides best practice in orthopaedics”.

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