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NJR collect data for ankle replacements

1 July 2010

The NJR began collecting details of ankle replacement procedures on 1 April 2010. For the first time in England and Wales, the performance of ankle replacements will be monitored on a national scale.

The British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (BOFAS) has approved the data collection, and welcomed its launch. The launch follows a year of preparations, in which the data set was developed with ankle surgeons and agreed by the BOFAS executive. The Review of Central Returns (ROCR) has approved the collection (approval number ROCR/OR/0019/004VOLU – valid until 23 February 2011).

Two new data collection forms have been developed for ankles. These are now available for download from the Data collection forms page. The Data Entry system will be updated with new screens for recording ankle procedures on 1 April. The Patient consent forms have now been updated to include ankles.

The levy rate for ankle joints will be the same as the levy applied to hip and knee replacement joints and will be charged at £20 gross for financial year 2010-2011. Suppliers began levy collection for ankle implants on 1 June 2010.

The new data set version is MDS 4.0. Please note, the hip and knee forms have been updated to MDS 4.0 in line with the ankles forms, but their content remains unchanged.

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