Strategic Plan NOF, 2010-2016

Accepted by the NOF General Assembly on May 7th 2010, during the 55th NOF Congress in Aarhus, Denmark

The current goals of the Federation are formulated as follows:

1. to work for cooperation between orthopaedic surgeons in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden, concerning scientific and medical standards and development, in their field of specialization.
2. to promote research, development and education in the field of orthopaedics and related topics.
3. to contact other orthopaedic federations.
In this paper an overview is presented of a reformulated mission, and specific goals and objectives of the NOF. The strategic plan of the NOF for the coming 6 years is composed of these elements.

The NOF board has expressed the wish to define the strategy for NOF for the upcoming years. A task force which was installed to support the Board prepared two face to face Board meetings. First we started by discussing and reformulating our mission statement: How we see we the world. Why are we here? What is our function? What is important? We thus formulated our mission statement in generals terms.
Within the framework of our mission statement we discussed on what we want to achieve for the coming 5-10 years? We formulated our goals on the basis of a SWOT analysis, and on the basis of the expectations of our most important stakeholders.
These goals are operationalised in measurable and manageable objectives and action programmes

A stakeholder is an influential party who has an interest in the NOF and expects something of the NOF. Meeting their expectation can be a strategic goal/objective of the NOF. Tuning in on their expectation can help NOF to achieve our goals. The following stakeholders were identified:
Patient/consumer organisations
International parties (EFORT, AAOS, Specialty societies)
English, German and Belgium colleagues
Governmental bodies
Insurance companies
European bodies (EU, UEMS)

NOF mission statement
The following mission statement is based on the discussion in the board and the analysis of existing plans, documents and statutes of relevant parties.

Mission statement NOF:
The NOF wants to raise the level of orthopaedic care in the Nordic countries and to make this orthopaedic care available to all patients and thus improve the quality of life (mobility) in the Nordic countries.
The NOF will offer member countries support in research, education and the development of orthopaedic care and the NOF will offer member countries support in their political/professional representation (finances, syndicate) and policy development.

SWOT analysis
On the basis of a SWOT analysis one can formulate goals and objectives. Using of strengths, compensation and correction of a weaknesses, making use of opportunities and the countering and anticipation on threats, can yield goals and objectives.
The following factors were identified:
Expertise and quality
Scientific output
Quality of Orthopaedic care
Guidelines/EBM well developed in member countries
Scientific Journal: Acta Orthopaedica
Arthroplasty register of member countries
Societal (and socio-economic) value of orthopaedics
United Nordic orthopaedic countries (as an umbrella organisation)
Political position/representation (stakeholders)
Low profile/PR, lack of marketing
Public Relations
Patient information
Participation level orthopaedic surgeons of member countries in NOF activities
Exchange of knowledge (e.g. research/guidelines/patient education)
European cooperation and fundraising
Compliance ruling industry
Aging of the population; a growing demand
Societal (and socio-economic) impact of mobility
Continuation of activities of the Bone & Joint Decade
Orthopaedic surgeon as a production unit/technician
Development of rival medical disciplines
Primary goals of the NOF
On the basis of the mission statement, the SWOT analysis and the stakeholders the following three primary goals are suggested:
1. Improve the cooperation between countries and their main stakeholders.
2. A better quality of care of our patients.
3. An improvement of communication (public relations) and thus visibility (internal and external) of NOF activities and NOF achievements.

On the basis of the three primary goals the following 14 objectives are suggested
1. Improve the cooperation between countries and their main stakeholders.
a. Stimulate subspecialists to work together.
i. Stimulate the use of English language.
b. Forum for international exchange of knowledge and expertise and orthopaedic education.
c. Work in close contact to EFORT, AAOS, SICOT, and our colleagues in England, Belgium and Germany.
d. Liaise with government and other relevant bodies (insurance parties).
e. Develop a common frame work for the creation of individual strategic plans.
2. A better quality of care of their patients.
a. To offer training possibilities / exchange programmes
i. Uneven years; structuralized instructional courses.
ii. Include special (appealing) fellowships for young professionals.
iii. Especially also for colleagues of third world countries.
b. Collect, combine and exchange (evidence based) guidelines of each individual country for common use.
c. Promotion of research
i. Stimulate the development of Evidence based orthopaedics/RCT.
d. Stimulate registries use.
e. Collect, combine and exchange patient information of each individual country for common use.
3. An improvement of communication (public relations) and thus visibility (internal and external) of NOF activities and NOF achievements.
a. Create a communication plan for the NOF with the following elements:
i. Editorial Acta by NOF president
ii. Newsletter to members (2/year)
iii. Improve website + webmaster
iv. Presence at national meetings + presentation by NOF president.
v. Improve image of NOF visibility on congresses
vi. To promote the dissemination of research results
b. Transparency finance + budgeting for member countries.
c. Develop effective systems of communications with patients (exchange strategies and expertise on patient education).
d. Raising public awareness about orthopaedic disorders in Nordic Europe to raise awareness in the Nordic European lay public and among health care providers and politicians about the importance and implications of orthopaedic disorders.
e. Representation of member countries on a European level.

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