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Second annual data quality drive is now underway

The NJR’s national programme of local data completeness will now include the independent sector following successful first year

The National Joint Registry is delighted to report that it is continuing the mandatory audit programme to retrospectively check the quality of local registry data and hospitals’ commitment to patient safety.  Independent sector organisations will also be included in the programme for 2016/17.

This is the second year the NJR has conducted this audit programme. The Data Quality Audit allows the NJR to compare patient record for record procedures recorded in local hospitals’ databases (Patient Administration System) to the registry, with the aim of investigating the accurate number of arthroplasty procedures submitted compared to the number carried out. To help support the process during the inaugural year, the NJR’s medical director has visited four hospitals and also initiated several MD-to-MD calls to try and tackle any blockage in communication and engagement with the audit.

NJR medical director, Mr Martyn Porter, commented: “With 75 percent of Trusts and LHBs completing the data audit last year, it shows it can be done. What we have seen as a result is improved data accuracy at a local level which ultimately means better informed surgeons and increased patient safety. This programme is just one way that the NJR is helping organisations ensure their data quality and we hope to have your support.”

Understanding data as a tool for quality improvement is an important part of the ongoing, data-driven change that is happening right across the orthopaedic sector. NJR data is a fundamental driver to inform improved quality of care for patients.


Provision of a clean set of audit data for hips and knees, primary and revision procedures for the audit period 2015/16


Completion of the audit activity, including submission of missing procedures for the audit period 2015/16



  • All units should ensure they use the following template to return data and that there is no amendments to the template in any way.  Please complete the "hospital information" sheet using the drop down lists also:
  • All Trusts, Local Health Boards, and independent units have been contacted with relevant instructions about how to engage with the programme.  For example of all correspondence issued, please refer to the links on the right hand side of this page.
  • If you wish to know more, then please contact the NJR's dedicated Data Quality e-mail account via
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