Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester Orthopaedic Alliance

Greater Manchester Orthopaedic Alliance

GM Orthopaedic Alliance (GMOA) is an alliance of orthopaedic and trauma 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:

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


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 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 several GM trusts.

GMOA Members

The meetings are clinician-led and chaired by Professor Phil Turner, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Stepping Hill Hospital.

Trusts in the Greater Manchester Orthopaedic Alliance are:

  • Bolton NHS Foundation Trust
  • East Cheshire NHS Trust
  • Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
  • Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
  • Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • 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

GMOA’s key aims 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 


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