ODEP launches new rating website for orthopaedic implants

6 December 2013

The Orthopaedic Data Evaluation Panel (ODEP), the group that provides ratings for hip implants, has launched a new website.  The site enables visitors to look up ODEP rated implants, to help make comparisons and be better informed about product evidence.

The new site, developed by Northgate Public Services, aims to better inform surgeons, buyers, manufacturers and the public of the work and outputs of ODEP and to provide easier access to information about ODEP rated implants. The website features a searchable directory of ODEP rated products.  This now offers manufacturers the ability to supplement basic product information with detailed product descriptions, product images and links to the manufacturers’ own website for further information.

ODEP, administered by NHS Supply Chain, was set up to monitor NICE guidance on hip implants.  The Panel provides on-going assessment to benchmark hip femoral stems and hip acetabular cups against guidance issued by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).  The ODEP Rating system is designed to assess the follow up data available for orthopaedic implants, based on NICE guidance.  ODEP Ratings are now a commonly used benchmark not only in the UK, but globally.

ODEP is currently developing a rating for knees to be launched in 2014.

The new website can be found at www.odep.org.uk.

Keith Tucker, Chair of ODEP said: “As the work of ODEP becomes increasing high profile, it has become appropriate for the public face of ODEP to be refreshed and to provide ODEP with its own identity. I encourage people to make use of this new resource, and welcome any thoughts or feedback they may have.”

Iain Mclachlan from Northgate Public Services, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the excellent work of ODEP through the development of this new site.  This complements our work with the National Joint Registry (NJR) in establishing the UK as a strong evidence base for orthopaedic best practice.”