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NJR data supports new Best Practice Tariff for joint replacement surgery

14 February 2014

The National Joint Registry for England, Wales and Northern Ireland is pleased to announce that its data will form part of the measures for the new Best Practice Tariff (BPT) for primary hip and primary knee surgery from April 2014.

Click here to download the 2014/15 National Tariff Payment System (page 72 and 73, pdf) >

NJR National Lead Elaine Young said: “Since our inception ten year ago, we have worked hard to support hospitals to achieve levels of compliance that enables the NJR to monitor the performance of implants, hospitals and surgeons. In 2011, we became a mandatory data collector under the NHS Services Acute Contract. Best Practice Tariff is another positive step – by linking payment for BPT to minimum levels of NJR compliance and patient consent rates, we hope to see further improvements to data collection, submission and completeness.”

Payment of the BPT for primary hip and knee replacement surgery is conditional on criteria linked to data collected through the National Joint Registry (and Patient Reported Outcome Measures), set out below:

  • a minimum NJR compliance rate of 75%
  • an NJR ‘unknown’ consent rate below 25% (where patient consent was not recorded as a ‘yes’ or ‘no’).

These statistics, by provider, will be published on the NJR website and available to download.

The 2014/15 National Tariff Payment System was announced by Monitor this month. It is a set of prices and rules that aims to help local clinical commissioning groups work with providers like NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts to identify which healthcare services provide best value to their patients.

For more information please see the Monitor website:


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