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Northern Ireland joins
the National Joint Registry

1 February 2013

The National Joint Registry (NJR) is delighted to announce that Northern Ireland will join the registry as of today. The NJR records data on hip, knee, ankles, elbow and shoulder replacements for England and Wales and is the largest registry of its type in the world with more than 1.3 million records

Northern Ireland joins England and Wales on the NJR in providing clinical evidence to surgeons and the wider healthcare community in order to protect patient safety and improve patient care. Recording operation details, along with patient information by consent, gives the NJR the ability to monitor implant and surgeon performance and highlight areas of poor and best practice.

Five Northern Ireland NHS hospitals will contribute data to the NJR with immediate effect, plus three independent hospitals:

  • Belfast Trust - Musgrave Park and Royal Victoria
  • South Eastern Trust - Ulster Hospital
  • Western Trust - Altnagelvin Hospital
  • Southern Trust - Craigavon Hospital
  • Kingsbridge Private Hospital
  • Ulster Independent Hospital
  • North West Independent Hospital

“Northern Ireland is a powerful addition to what is already a mature dataset,” commented NJR lead Elaine Young. “The more comprehensive the data we have, the more finely-tuned our analysis can become and the better support for patients and clinicians we can provide. We are extremely pleased Northern Ireland has joined the NJR and look forward to working with them.”

Welcoming the announcement Health and Social Care Board Chief Executive John Compton said, “By joining the National Joint Registry clinicians in Northern Ireland will have access to greater information to support them in improving care for patients who need joint replacements.”


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