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National Joint Registry awards 85 hospitals as Quality Data Providers 

26 January 2018

Qualifying hospitals demonstrate commitment to patient safety by meeting six ambitious targets set by the registry during 2016/17 financial year

The National Joint Registry for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man (NJR) has this week awarded 85 hospitals as NJR Quality Data Providers for 2016/17 after successfully completing a national programme of local data audits and meeting a number of targets related to patient safety.

Renewable annually, the certification is designed to offer hospitals reporting to the NJR a blueprint for reaching patient safety standards through NJR compliance and reward those who have met such targets. The award benefits hospitals and the NJR by helping recognise and reward best practice; increase engagement and awareness of the importance in quality data collection; and help embed the ethos that better data ultimately equals better care. 

The NJR collects data from both NHS hospitals and independent sector hospitals performing joint replacement surgery. Across the 85 hospitals awarded as Quality Data Providers for 2016/17, 49 were NHS hospitals and 36 were hospitals in the independent healthcare sector. 

Data is collected in order to provide quality, robust evidence to support decision-making in regard to patient safety, standards in quality of care and overall cost effectiveness in joint replacement surgery.  It is currently the largest registry of its kind in the world.  

To gain Quality Data Provider (QPD) status for 2016/17, hospitals were required to meet six ambitious targets. NJR targets included compliance with the NJR’s mandatory national audit aimed at assessing data completeness and quality within the registry, having a high level of patients consenting for their details to be included in the registry, and for demonstrating timely responses to any alerts issued by the NJR in relation to patient safety concerns, if necessary.

The NJR was established in 2002, it monitors the performance of implants, the effectiveness of different types of joint replacement surgery and provides evidence to improve clinical standards — all with a focus on patient outcomes. The NJR’s most recent Annual Report highlighted that more joint replacements than ever before were carried out in the financial year 2016/17, with just fewer than 243,000 cases submitted to the registry. This sees a significant increase of more than 20,000 joint replacement operations recorded in the registry on the previous period.

National Joint Registry medical director, Mr Martyn Porter, said: “Congratulations to colleagues at all hospitals who have gained this unique award.  The Quality Data Provider award demonstrates the high standards being met towards ensuring compliance with the NJR and is often a strong reflection of a departmental effort to achieve such status. 

“Patient registries serve an invaluable function to help make the NHS the safest healthcare system in the world.  Registry data now provides an important source of evidence for regulators, such as the Care Quality Commission, to inform their judgements about services, as well as being a fundamental driver to inform improved quality of care for patients.

“It is clear that for surgeons and patients alike, the necessity for having accurate and complete data is an absolute requirement.  The Quality Data Provider award continues to go from strength to strength and highlights the number of hospitals who are now fully engaged with the NJR’s data completeness programme.”

To explore all the further information and supporting documents relating to the NJR’s data quality work, please visit the data quality section of the NJR website here. 

The awarded hospitals were:

Alexandra Hospital
Barlborough NHS Treatment Centre - Care UK
Barnsley Hospital
BMI Beardwood Private Hospital
BMI Clementine Churchill Hospital
BMI Coombe Wing
BMI Werndale Hospital
Broadgreen Hospital
Calderdale Royal Hospital
Cheltenham General Hospital
Chorley & South Ribble Hospital
Conquest Hospital
Cumberland Infirmary
Dewsbury & District Hospital
Fairfield General Hospital
Fairfield Independent Hospital
Foscote Private Hospital
Friarage Hospital
George Eliot Hospital - Acute Services
Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
HCA Lister Hospital
Heatherwood Hospital
Hexham General Hospital
Homerton University Hospital
Hospital of St Cross
Hospital of St John And St Elizabeth
Kidderminster Treatment Centre
Leighton Hospital
Lister Hospital
Musgrave Park Hospital
Nevill Hall Hospital
Norfolk & Norwich Hospital
North Devon District Hospital
North Tyneside General Hospital
North West Independent Hospital
Northampton General Hospital (Acute)
Nuffield Health Cheltenham Hospital
Nuffield Health Guildford Hospital
Nuffield Health Hereford Hospital
Nuffield Health Leicester Hospital
Nuffield Health Tees Hospital
Nuffield Health Vale Hospital
Nuffield Health Warwickshire Hospital
Nuffield Health Woking Hospital
Nuffield Health York Hospital
Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre - Care UK
Peterborough City Hospital
Pinderfields General Hospital
Pontefract Elective Unit (Treatment Centre)
Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham
Queens Medical Centre
Ramsay Healthcare Duchy Hospital
Ramsay Healthcare Euxton Hall Hospital
Ramsay Healthcare Fulwood Hall Hospital
Ramsay Healthcare Oaklands Hospital
Ramsay Healthcare Renacres Hall Hospital
Ramsay Healthcare The Berkshire Independent Hospital
Royal Derby Hospital
Royal Surrey County Hospital
Salisbury District Hospital
Shepton Mallet Treatment Centre - Care UK
South Tyneside District Hospital
Southampton General Hospital
Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital
Spire Leicester Hospital
Spire Murrayfield Hospital
Spire Norwich Hospital
Spire Portsmouth Hospital
Spire Sussex Hospital
Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital
Spire Washington Hospital
Spire Wellesley Hospital
St Richard's Hospital
Stepping Hill Hospital
The Elective Orthopaedic Centre
The Tunbridge Wells Hospital
University College Hospital
Warwick Hospital
West Cumberland Hospital
West Suffolk Hospital
Wexham Park Hospital
Withybush General Hospital
Worcestershire Royal Hospital
Wythenshawe Hospital
York Hospital

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