Selection of Members
Possibly we are unique in our selection process! At present there is no formal selection process to be a member of one of the Panels but there are some guidelines. The majority of members are orthopaedic surgeons but some members are from industry, NHS management IT etc
Surgeons must be established consultants with a significant joint replacement or spinal practice
They would be expected to be active members of the appropriate specialist society / societies that relate to the implant they will be assessing
They must be sufficiently motivated and able to afford the time to do the job.
They must be sufficiently knowledgeable in the sub-speciality that they want to join. Many will have undertaken a fellowship that speciality
They need to commit to keeping abreast of developments in the field by reading, regularly attending appropriate meetings etc
They must be prepared to deliver reports on time. Manufacturers expect a prompt service.
The majority of the present members heard about ODEP at meetings or from colleagues who are already members. Mostly they have made contact with the chairman or another of one of the panels and had an informal chat.
Most potential panellists are then invited to be an observer on which ever panel they would like to join and then we can all decide if it is the right thing for them and for ODEP.
Before they can become full members they will have had to sign a NDA (Non Disclosure Agreement) and a COI (Conflict of interest disclosure) and be registered with SCCL (Supply Chain Co-ordination Limited).
Conflicts of Interest
Many surgeons who are sufficiently experienced and knowledgeable to join ODEP will have been, either in a minor or major way, involved in the design / introduction of a new implant. Conflicts as such, will all be declared by anyone joining ODEP and when necessary they will have to withdraw from a discussion about the implant(s) in which they have been or still are involved. It must also be pointed out, that anyone who has been involved in the design of an implant is likely to have a greater understanding of the design, tribology etc of an implant than someone who hasn't.
Thus ODEP has the ability to deal with conflict what is needed, to be a worthwhile contributor is "Interest"
ODEP has no time for racial or gender discrimination in any shape or form. We welcome members who want to do this work. The work is time consuming and often demanding and we have found that only a limited number of surgeons and other experts have the time and inclination to want to be involved.
For UK members, there is no fixed tenure but nobody is expected to go on being a member of ODEP if they no longer have the time, or the interest. The longer a member serves on ODEP the more experienced and valuable they become.
The Netherlands members
The Netherlands Orthopaedic Association (NOV)
nominates members to sit on the COIC (this is the committee which represents all Dutch representatives of ODEP hip, knee and shoulder replacements) and they are appointed for 3 years in the first instance. They can be reappointed for another 3 years but then they will have to make way for others.