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NJR Regional Clinical Coordinators (RCC) Committee

Chair’s report 2023 – Mr Derek Pegg

Derek Pegg
Mr Derek Pegg
Chair, NJR RCC Committee

The RCC Committee acts as a collaborative interface between the NJR and the orthopaedic community. Members provide useful observations and suggestions from their own regional community and act as a ‘sounding board’ for new ideas and NJR strategic policy direction. The new Minimum Data Set version 8 (MDSv8) launching in Summer 2023 is a particular development activity where RCC input to enable hospitals to manage the system upgrade changes and to feedback to the NJR team on resolving local challenges will be invaluable.

The RCC members provide excellent advice in their two-way communication with hospitals, both for feedback about what the NJR is engaged with and to facilitate remedial action where practice and performance may have been of concern. They have also raised several locally addressed topics that we have then been able to offer greater clarity on and address suggested solutions to any challenges through an exchange of ideas and best practice examples proposed by other members; as well as continually supporting individual surgeons and hospitals in their regions who have faced challenges.

It is always extremely helpful to have a degree of local knowledge and effective communication networks where issues may arise. For example, helping ‘nudge’ hospitals to engage with the ongoing automated data quality audits, in collaboration with our NJR Compliance Officers.

During this reporting time, the RCC committee has seen Mr Peter Cnudde complete his term of appointment for Wales. I am extremely grateful to Peter for his most valuable input in these continued challenging times, as the pandemic recovery for elective orthopaedic surgery has continued.

With the reorganisation of the regional structure of the NHS in England and the desire to have some degree of proportional representation across the regions, the RCC regions have been updated to reflect the new geographical regions. To reflect these changes, combined with naturally occurring vacancies, there has been a continued recruitment process. We welcome new members, Mr Devender Khurana and Mr Rohit Rambani who have joined for the East of England region and Mr Brian Mockford who also joined us during the year to represent Northern Ireland. We look forward to further new consultant orthopaedic surgeons being appointed to the committee as we move forward.

Most future meetings are likely to continue to be conducted using online conferencing facilities that have proved so effective for collaborative discussion; especially useful for all those of us who incur time and financial costs for travel. However, as for other NJR committees it is highly desirable to have at least one face-to-face meeting a year, to enable the opportunity for us all to meet any new RCC members and for extended, usefully engaging interaction, and this will take place for our committee once at least in the next twelve months.

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