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NJR appoints NHS Trust management representative to its Steering Committee

16 June 2014

The National Joint Registry for England, Wales and Northern Ireland is pleased to announce Rob Hurd, Chief Executive of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust as the appointed NHS Trust management member on its Steering Committee.

Appointed last month, Rob Hurd will be responsible for representing NHS provider views on the NJR Steering Committee (NJRSC) and supporting the work of the NJR. He replaces Andrew Woodhead, former Trust Chief Executive and member since 2007.

NJR Chairman Laurel Powers-Freeling said: “I look forward to extending an official welcome to Rob at out next meeting. Working together with JJ De Gorter from the independent sector, Rob will help us to ensure that we work in partnership with healthcare providers on all plans to improve data collection and quality and Best Practice Tariff requirements. Particular thanks must go to outgoing member Andrew who has worked tirelessly to promote the importance of registry data in ensuring quality in the delivery of joint replacement surgery. He was integral to the development of the NJR’s Surgeon Outlier Sub-committee and processes and his management experience proved invaluable.”

Rob Hurd commented: “I am delighted to take up this role on the NJR Steering Committee. I look forward to making a contribution to the valuable role that the NJR plays in informing the evidence base and thus driving higher quality of care in orthopaedics. I recognise the fundamental part that data quality plays in fulfilling the role of the NJR and will be committed to promoting compliance and completeness of the registry. I will also seek to support pragmatic ways in which providers can support ensuring there is high data quality in the registry. ”

The Committee, an NHS England Committee of Experts, is responsible for the work and progress of the registry and comprises the following stakeholders:

• Orthopaedic surgeons
• Patients
• NHS and independent healthcare providers
• Allied health professionals
• Public health/Epidemiology and
• Industry (orthopaedic implant suppliers)

Rob Hurd's biography:

Rob Hurd is Chief Executive Officer at the Royal National Orthopaedic NHS Trust. He has more than 20 years of experience in NHS management at a senior management level, including financial leadership on successful Foundation Trust application and two major new hospital development PFI schemes.

Rob has led on establishing new hospital charities and part of his training included a placement in a top five accountancy firm. He is also current chair of the Specialist Orthopaedic Alliance, a collaboration of major specialist orthopaedic centres, which has a membership of 14 specialist orthopaedic units from across the UK.


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