NJR 20th anniversary presence at BOA Congress
ACC Liverpool, September 2023

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Each year we launch our Annual Report at the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) Congress event, which is attended by over 2,000 surgeon members. This year the programme was created around the theme of Sustainable Systems, with three days of lectures, debates and discussions, demonstrations and exhibition features. Our report is always launched within our own scheduled 90-minute plenary programme of NJR presentations, this year on day two, which addresses key areas of our work each year, as well as the highlights and key messages of the report.

We had invited surgeon delegates to join us for an early commemorative bacon-butty breakfast at the start of our programme this year, which focused on the impact of the past two decades of work of the NJR and the registry benefits for all our stakeholders. With a packed hall, Tim Wilton and Elaine Young set the scene with an impactful overview of our key achievements and the session also included four presentations with a patient-associated focus including those from our Steering Committee patient representatives, Gillian and Robin, all of whom were very well received. Robin also co-presented with Professor Andrew Price on the importance of Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) in measuring the success of joint replacement procedures for patients and the recommendations of the Cumberlege Report.

Aligning with the congress theme of sustainability was a presentation given by Rohan Prakash, one of two sustainability research fellows that the NJR is supporting, who talked about his work in reviewing the issue of unnecessary waste in the orthopaedic sector and its impact on climate change, to highlight growing concerns and recommendations for change with this audience who can help to make a difference. The NJR session was closed by our Chair, Professor Sir Paul Curran, who addressed some of the exciting future developmental work we plan.

Each year we also design and build an exhibition stand for the BOA congress exhibition hall, with a range of graphics and visual features demonstrating our work. Since this is our 20th anniversary, we had a big and bold commemorative information area featuring our new logo and a twenty-year timeline of the significant milestones in the development of the NJR. Along with members the NJR management team, our NJR compliance officers were also present on the stand to support and advise surgeons on the best ways to navigate the dynamic features within their annual clinical reports, which were also launched during the event on our reporting network system, NJR Connect – Data Services.

All in all, the BOA Congress was a very worthwhile event activity for the NJR with much interaction and interest from surgeons, clinicians and manufacturers, across the event, on our information stand and at our plenary session.

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