The NOA pioneered the alliance model and those following can benefit from its experience. Learning from the UK Ophthalmology Alliance, the first specialty to replicate the NOA model, is now also available.
Understanding the challenges that the NOA faced through developing the orthopaedic alliance will enable the ophthalmology alliance to better navigate its success. This in turn will help other specialties.
A key learning is not to replicate unthinkingly – consider how your specialty and what you need may differ. Our clinical lead attended the quarterly NOA meeting, observing and taking part in their activities; this helped to accelerate the UKOA replication process.