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New orthopaedic surgeon members to support the registry’s future development

Summer 2015

The National Joint Registry for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man is delighted to welcome two new orthopaedic surgeon members to its Steering Committee this Summer. The NJR Steering Committee is responsible for the work and strategic direction of the world’s largest joint replacement registry.

Professor Amar Rangan, an elbow and shoulder consultant at South Tees NHS Hospitals Trust, joined the NHS England Committee of Experts from 1 June 2015. He takes up the post in the stead of long-standing surgeon member Mr Keith Tucker for a three-year term.
Mr Hussain Kazi, a newly appointed hip and knee consultant at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, also joined the committee as a co-opted member for a two-year term.
NJR Chairman Laurel Powers-Freeling said: “I look forward to working with Amar and Hussain over the coming years. Having practising surgeons, with different but complementary areas of experience as part of our committee is of real benefit. None more so as orthopaedic surgery and its provision undergoes significant change at a time of unprecedented challenge in the health sector as a whole. It is the committee’s role to ensure that the NJR achieves its vision; working to protect patient safety and to drive forward quality in joint replacement surgery.”
“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank outgoing surgeon member Keith Tucker for his contribution over seven years, particularly in his Chairmanship of the Implant Performance Sub-committee. We look forward to retaining his support through his ongoing leadership through the Orthopaedic Data Evaluation Panel and Beyond Compliance initiative.”
Of the appointment, Professor Rangan said: "Shoulder and elbow replacements in the NJR are at a crucial stage where important decisions need to be taken on how best to monitor performance and optimise outcomes from these procedures. With my clinical expertise in this area, and with help from the British Elbow and Shoulder Society, I look forward to contributing specifically to this process in addition to other aspects of the NJRSC."
Following the news, Mr Kazi commented: “I look forward to working on the steering committee in order to help better patient outcomes.  I am particularly interested in using my background NJR research work to aid with data validation and helping to develop a guide for junior surgeons in order to take charge of their data quality and submission.”
The NJR Steering comprises the following stakeholders:
  • Orthopaedic surgeons
  • Patients
  • NHS and independent healthcare providers
  • Allied health professional
  • Public health/Epidemiology and
  • Industry (orthopaedic implant suppliers)
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