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NJR launches 17th Annual Report during NJR Session at the Virtual BOA Congress 2020
(See link to Congress and Report to review)
We are delighted to announce the publication of the NJR’s 17th Annual Report. This is the formal public report of the registry and you can find it at the NJR’s dedicated Annual Report website: reports.njrcentre.org.uk. The analyses of patients’ outcomes after surgery, along with executive summaries of all NJR working committees are presented, as well as Implant and Trust, Local Health Board and unit-level outcomes, which can also be found on the website menu listing.
Having collected data since April 2003 with the aim of monitoring devices and improving patient outcomes following hip, knee, ankle, elbow, and shoulder replacement, the NJR now has over three million procedures recorded, making it the largest and most comprehensive registry of its kind in the world.
The report was launched at the British Orthopaedic Association’s Annual Congress, which due to the impact of Covid-19, was organised as a virtual online event this year. The NJR’s session is entitled: “Working together across the sector” and is available for the duration of Congress (15 to 25 September 2020) by clicking on this link: https://www.boa.ac.uk/pre-recorded-webinars/njr-open-access.html
There has been considerable work for the report this year to develop new classifications and to drill down into the analysis of the performance of implants in all joints, enabling a continued thorough and safety-conscious approach to implant outcome monitoring which will be useful to surgeons and patients alike in choosing the best performing implants. We do hope you will visit the NJR’s Annual Report website for further details of this valuable information as well as insight into the registry’s progress during 2019.
NHS trusts and independent sector hospitals have also recently received their own individual NJR Annual Clinical Report. The report includes key performance data in relation to units and surgeons, including the ability for all units to review themselves against local performance and national targets.
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- Research and Governance Programme Manager (NJR)
Are you seeking a new challenge? Would you value an opportunity to develop your skills in a global exemplar registry? Then we would love to hear from you. Closing date: 16th October 2020. Click here for more information
Implant choice more important than surgeon skill for hip replacement success
A recent study by the University of Bristol which analysed over 650,000 hip replacement patients across England and Wales over 14 years sought to investigate why one hospital has consistently been identified as having better than expected outcomes compared to other settings. Read about it here https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-08-implant-choice-important-surgeon-skill.html
July 2020 - Data entry capture resumed for the National Joint Registry
Following recent NHSE wider notification to hospitals of the gradual resumption of elective surgery and associated audit activity in order to support NHS recovery as the Covid-19 pandemic lessens, the National Joint Registry advises data entry staff in all NHS and independent hospitals where joint surgery has resumed, that data entry capture should also resume as normal, in accordance with the volumes of procedures performed.
It is also important that the reduced volumes of arthroplasty procedures that have taken place over the past four months are correctly recorded on the NJR. These are likely to be small numbers of urgent and emergency procedures, but it is essential that we are able to monitor the outcomes of these patients through the NJR’s usual monitoring procedures. We therefore ask that hospitals review their surgical caseload over this period to ensure that any missed cases are entered retrospectively onto the NJR.
For any advice and support on NJR data entry or training: please contact our Helpdesk on 0845 345 9991 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
NJR Regional Events
The National Joint Registry is always pleased to invite all staff in both the NHS and independent sector to attend the NJR annual programme of free-to-attend regional events and our last event took place on 30th October. Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19 we have postponed the planning for any NJR events this year until we know more about the possibility of public gatherings. By attending an NJR event, delegates will take away skills to demonstrate the highest possible standards of clinical governance that all hospitals strive to achieve. All staff involved with the NJR process in your hospitals are welcome including: data entry, pre-assessment, theatre, clinical governance staff, surgeons, managers and nurses.
Because the NJR is a national mandatory audit, time to attend can be requested from your line-manager to support your attendance, as part of ongoing continuing professional development training and we will be providing certificates for all delegates. The programme presents a unique networking opportunity for all those engaged with the NJR and involved in assuring data quality and patient safety.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we have paused all planning for our regional events programme for the forseeable future - we will review the situation in September and are hopeful to then be able to advise plans for 2021.
Healthcare Conference UK events
The events listed below are organised by an external events company and may be of interest:
- Hip Fracture Summit 2020
FRIDAY 9 OCT 2020
West One De Vere, London
- Prehabilitation: Principles & Practice for Supporting Patients to Get Fit for Surgery/Treatment
FRIDAY 16 OCT 2020
West One De Vere, London
- Day Case Total Hip Replacement
WEDNESDAY 4 NOV 2020
The Studio Conference Centre, Birmingham
July 2020 - Patient Decision Support Tool
NJR data is behind the Patient Decision Support Tool, the first comprehensive web-based patient tool for supporting consideration of joint replacement, representing a practical example of an effective software implementation of a health information system for the orthopaedic sector.
Read the newly published paper written by the scientists who developed the tool, showing how user-centred design can be practically applied to produce an effective health information system, while also improving its development efficiency - https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1386505620301568
July 2020 - NJR Statement on the publication of The Cumberlege Report
The National Joint Registry (NJR) welcomes the report recommendations from the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review, chaired by Baroness Julia Cumberlege. The NJR also fully supports the development of a wider implant medical devices registry to ensure greater patient safety.
(Read the full statement here)
June 2020 - Effect of Bearing Surface on Survival of Cementless and Hybrid Total Hip Arthoplasty
We’re very pleased to congratulate Professor Edward Davis and his team on their recently published study on the effects of bearing surface on survival of cementless and hybrid THA.
You can read it here: https://journals.lww.com/jbjsoa/Fulltext/2020/06000/Effect_of_Bearing_Surface_on_Survival_of.10.aspx
April 2020 - Impact of COVID-19 on NJR and other National Clinical Audits
The Government has announced this week that the UK’s health systems are making changes to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. NHSE and Welsh Government have agreed the following stance:
All national clinical audit, confidential enquiries [commissioned / funded by NHSEI] and national joint registry data collection can be suspended. Analysis and preparation of current reports can continue at the discretion of the audit provider, where it does not impact front line clinical capacity.
All audit data that can be collected during this pandemic will give insights into how Coronavirus has impacted in other areas such as:
- elderly patients (hip fracture, dementia, heart failure)
- those presenting for emergency laparotomy
- those with cancer and diabetes
to name but a few.
Child death database, PICANET and MBRRACE-UK perinatal surveillance will be required for current clinical management and should continue
March 2020 - Covid 19 and the Suspension of Elective Surgery
The Government has announced this week that the UK’s health systems are making changes to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. As part of this response there will be widespread suspension of elective surgery, with the exception of cancer patients and some other urgent procedures.
Whilst the National Joint Registry is in alignment with the absolute necessity of this postponement in freeing up essential services for those who are in dire need of these due the spread and impact of Covid-19, we would like to express our empathy with those patients whom the delay will impact and advise that the British Orthopaedic Association has helpfully published some ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ for patients, which they will keep updated as the coronavirus situation unfolds. You can view these FAQs here: https://www.boa.ac.uk/resources/coronavirus-boa-faqs-for-patients.html
Nov 2019 - The National Joint Registry welcomes the States of Guernsey on Board
The National Joint Registry (NJR) is delighted to welcome the States of Guernsey onto the registry having extended its data collection, reporting and information services to Guernsey's Princess Elizabeth Hospital (PEH) from November 2019.
Three Mil lionth NJR Record Milestone Reached
A patient at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital is the three millionth entry in the National Joint Registry. Press Release
Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded National Joint Registry Quality Data Award
We are delighted to announce that Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust has gained the NJR award for the achievement of their high quality data in our recent data quality audit. Link
NJR Annual Report 16 - 2019
The NJR's 16th Annual Report was launched at the BOA Congress in Liverpool on 11th September 2019.
NJR surgeon and hospital COP data has been published - 2019 Outcomes
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Previous News Updates
14th December: National Joint Registry Steering Committee – member (patient representative)
Robin Brittain has been appointed as a member from 1 January 2019 for two years. The role will involve a time commitment of four days per year for the Steering Committee meetings and any additional days to attend other sub-committee meetings as required throughout year. There is no remuneration for this post but expenses will be paid in line with the National Joint Registry expenses policy.
20th November: Ten Years of NJR data show that joint infection after hip replacement is linked to some risk factors
1st November: Timothy Wilton appointed as Medical Director to the National Joint Registry
Timothy Wilton has been appointed as member (Medical Director) from 1st January 2019 for three years. The role will involve a time commitment of up to two days per week.