Publication of consultant surgeon outcomes for joint replacement surgery to continue
100% results and greater patient-focus confirmed
5 March 2014: Joint statement from the National Joint Registry (NJR) and the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA)
NHS England and the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership have confirmed extension of the Consultant Outcomes Publication programme today (5 March 2014). Three new topics will join the annual initiative – lung cancer treatment, neurosurgery and urogynaecology – and all 13 topics will include 100% of eligible results and greater patient-friendly reporting.
Today’s announcement confirms that more than 1,500 consultant hip and knee surgeon profiles at www.njrsurgeonhospitalprofile.org.uk will be refreshed before November 2014.
The information at NJR Surgeon and Hospital Profile was launched on 1 July 2013 and delivered in partnership with the BOA and specialist societies the British Hip Society (BHS) and the British Association for Surgery of the Knee (BASK). Since July 2013, the surgeon and hospital profile service has received more than 20,000 visits.
Last year, consultants within scope of the project in England were required to opt-in. This year, NHS England have confirmed that outcomes publication is included as part of the NHS Standard Contract and 100% of eligible data will be included.
Further information for joint replacement surgeons who undertake NHS-funded practice in England will be available via the BOA and NJR shortly. This will confirm the criteria for hip and knee surgeons within scope as well as further detail on the intended extension to ankle, elbow and shoulder procedures. It will also offer guidance on the data validation process.
Information for consultant orthopaedic surgeons
- Hip and knee joint replacement surgeons access and view their data for consultant outcomes publication via NJR Clinician Feedback: www.njrclinicianfeedback.org.uk
- Hip, knee, ankle, elbow and shoulder surgeons can also access case totals, case mix and implant usage data through NJR ReportsOnline. Click here for further information about this service >
- Surgeons who opted-out of publication in 2013 will be contacted directly by the BOA and NJR to discuss 2014 publication
Notes about Consultant Outcomes Publication
In December 2012, NHS England (then NHS Commissioning Board) announced that through the 'Everyone Counts' initiative, the activity and outcomes of surgery at individual consultant-level would be published by 30 June 2013 for ten clinical areas. Orthopaedics was one of the ten clinical areas to publish consultant-level data for total hip replacements and total knee replacements. The National Joint Registry (NJR), as the appointed national clinical audit, supports the BOA as the national professional body in the clinical leadership and delivery of this initiative for orthopaedics. The process of publication across all clinical areas is managed and guided by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) who have set up dedicated pages at their website.