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StatsOnline FAQs

 

General

Q) What is NJR StatsOnline?

A) NJR StatsOnline is a web facility for viewing NJR statistics. Statistics are presented for all NHS hospitals and treatment centres in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man that carry out hip, knee, ankle, elbow and shoulder joint replacements. Statistics for the majority of independent healthcare providers are also presented. Some independent healthcare providers have yet to confirm that their statistics can be published on NJR StatsOnline, where this circumstance applies it is indicated and no data is shown.

NJR StatsOnline allows you to see how much data hospitals and treatment centres have submitted to the NJR since 1 January 2004. Data are provided for whole months and updated on a monthly basis.

The statistics currently available include the:

  • total number of operations submitted to the NJR
  • number of hip procedures
  • number of knee procedures
  • number of ankle procedures (collected from April 2010)
  • number of elbow procedures (collected from April 2012)
  • number of shoulder procedures (collected from April 2012)
  • NJR consent rate (percentage of submitted records that have NJR patient consent)

Hospitals

Q) Are these statistics up-to-date?

A) Yes, statistics are updated on a monthly basis. Data is displayed for whole calendar months for the current year.

Q) My hospital uses the bulk upload facility and therefore we don't necessarily submit our records every month. It appears like we are not collecting data - is this fair?

A) The statistics provide a factual record of when data was submitted to the NJR. Your hospital could choose to bulk upload more frequently and on a monthly basis if you wanted data to be reported for each month.

Q) The NJR collected data in 2003 - why is it not reported on the website?

A) Because the NJR was relatively new and hospitals were just coming on board throughout 2003, not all hospitals were submitting data from its outset. However, 2003 data has been reported in the 1st Annual Report which is available from this website.

Q) Why are you displaying the statistics as monthly record submissions and not by operation date? I would find this more useful.

A) Displaying statistics by operation date would mean that the statistical totals would not remain constant and would change every time new records were added.

Patients

Q) Does every hospital collect NJR consent?

A) Every hospital should be inviting patients to participate in the NJR by asking for their consent to record their personal details.

Q) Does that mean that if a particular problem is identified with an implant, and if I received it, that I would be more easily identified if I gave my consent?

A) Yes, though your level of care would not be affected if you did not give your consent.

Q) I can see my hospital has submitted some records to the NJR but I thought they carried out more operations than this. Are hospitals entering all their data?

A) Not necessarily, though all hospitals are being encouraged to collect and submit NJR data. NJR compliance for each hospital will be reported in future Annual Reports. Please see the Annual Report archive or the new, dedicated website at https://reports.njrcentre.org.uk.

Q) I cannot find my local hospital on NJR StatsOnline. Why not?

A) There may be several reasons why you can't find it:

  • Only hospitals that perform hip, knee, ankle, elbow and shoulder operations are registered on the NJR, are you sure this hospital does?
  • Have you typed the hospital name correctly?
  • Try searching by region or by trust and look for the hospital in the listing, e.g. Manchester Royal Infirmary is part of Central Manchester and Manchester Children's NHS trust.
  • The hospital may have changed its name or become a treatment centre, e.g. Cannock Chase Hospital, Wrightington, is known as Cannock Treatment Centre on the NJR.
  • The NJR uses NHS England's recognised names for trusts, hospitals and treatment centres, which may differ from names used locally.

Q) I had my operation in hospital "x" but I can't see any data for the month when I had it. Why not?

A) The statistics show the number of operations the hospital submitted to the NJR during each month. This means that your hospital may not have entered details of your operation in the month you had the operation. Some hospitals enter details of an operation considerably later than when it occurred.

Q) I happen to know that my local hospital does hip, knee, ankle, elbow and shoulder operations but there is no data showing on the NJR. Why not?

A) The statistics shown here simply represent the number of operations that a hospital submitted to the NJR, they do not necessarily indicate the number of actual operations performed. If there are no data showing, this means that the hospital you are looking at submitted no records in that particular time period.

Q) I signed an NJR consent form allowing the NJR to hold my personal data. I understand that this means I would be contacted in the event of an implant recall. However, I notice that although my operation was 6 months ago, my hospital has not submitted any data to the NJR. Will I still be contacted if there is a problem?

A) Not every hospital has submitted data to the NJR yet though they are being actively encouraged to do so. Your hospital will have retained a record of your operation details, so even if your details are not recorded on the NJR, the hospital will have your information. One of the major benefits of the NJR is that records are held centrally aiding the notification process.

Q) What does the consent rate show?

A) The consent rate is the NJR patient consent rate. The NJR patient consent rate shows you the percentage of records submitted to the NJR complete with patient personal details.

Patients must give their consent for their personal details (forename, surname, date of birth, home postcode, NHS number or national patient identifier) to be recorded by the NJR. Recording your personal details will enable the NJR first and foremost to link a patient to their implant(s). This means that if a problem with a specific implant is identified in the future the NJR will be able to help identify the patients who received it. Secondly, it will enable the NJR to invite patients to participate in a patient feedback survey. The surveys give patients the chance to express their views on whether their quality of life has improved since their surgery.

  

  
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