Johnson & Johnson Managed Services and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust have announced a new 15-year partnership to deliver an Orthopaedics Centre of Excellence at Guy’s Hospital in the UK.

Designed to optimise the standard of care for orthopaedic patients by addressing the challenges highlighted by Lord Carter and Professor Briggs, the latest collaboration will implement some of the key recommendations outlined in their reports.

The two recent reports address the increasing resource challenges faced by NHS with findings that aim to help it improve quality of care for patients.

As part of the managed services agreement, the orthopaedics centre at Guy’s Hospital will be expanded and redeveloped, with which more patients will get access to services.

An additional operating theatre and eight new theatres will be developed in year one and by the end of year three, respectively.

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust clinical director of surgery Peter Earnshaw said: “The Johnson & Johnson Managed Services partnership will further increase the time that frontline clinicians can focus on patient care and enable us to identify opportunities to improve the supply chain.

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“Through the development of new operating theatres, it will also increase capacity so that we can treat more patients more quickly and will give our clinical teams opportunities to be at the forefront of new developments in orthopaedic care.”

Through a managed service agreement, Johnson & Johnson Managed Services will also streamline the supply chain to procure devices, surgical instruments and implants that are needed for orthopaedic surgery.

Providing a hub for education and training, the new Centre of Excellence will offer a dedicated space to facilitate research so as to improve clinical outcomes for patients.