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NJR Surgeon and Hospital Outcomes Publication - FAQs

 

National Joint Registry's Surgeon and Hospital Profile, published on the NJR website https://surgeonprofile.njrcentre.org.uk/, enables patients, their friends, family and carers to view surgeon specific data and to make comparisons between hospitals in their local area. This is intended to help patients find information to help them make decisions about their care and their surgery. 

Who agrees on the measures for publication?

The British Orthopaedic Association, specialist orthopaedic societies and the NJR continue to work together to agree on the proposals and plan for publication each year. 

When will the 2020 results be published?

The indicators will be published in the fourth quarter of the 2020/21 financial year at www.njrsurgeonhospitalprofile.org.uk, but will no longer be published on the NHS website.

Publication Review Process

The data for publication, displayed in its 'preview' format is available to surgeons to view via NJR Clinician Feedback throughout the year and will be available during the whole month of December 2020 to be checked. Any amendments must be requested by 31st December 2020. 

During that time, surgeons are also be able to submit any additional profiles information - including a photo, specialty areas and professional membership(s).

Activity and outcomes data can actually be accessed and checked at any time durng the year through a number of tools including reports available through the NJR Compliance Officers, NJR Clinician Feedback and Consultant Level Reports.

The NJR Compliance Officers can offer advice and support in doing this. Please contact the NJR Helpdesk at: enquiries@njrcentre.org.uk or by calling 0845 345 9991 to request the assistance of an NJR Compliance Officer.


What is the individual Consultant-Level Report referred to in correspondence?

The report can only be accessed by surgeons through NJR Clinician Feedback. Activity and mortality data in this report will help consultants to validate their recorded activity and mortality events in advance of the publication of NJR data for consultant outcomes publication and on an ongoing basis. Some of the data included in the report is not related to consultant outcomes, though the NJR would encourage surgeons to validate all the data held in the database about their practice.

In the Consultant Level Report there is:

  • 12-month and 36-month practice profiles

  • Use of ODEP-rated hip stem and hip cup prostheses

  • 90-day mortality rate and recorded mortality events 

When will the public facing profiles be available to preview?

The preview of public facing profiles is available through NJR Clinician Feedback for all surgeons from 1st December to 31st December 2020.  

Throughout December 2020 surgeons are able to submit any additional profile information - including a photo, specialty areas and professional membership(s).

How are small numbers of procedures displayed on the website?
Consultants in charge showing less than five procedures will have numbers masked on the NJR Surgeon and Hospital Profile website in accordance with the Office of National Statistics small numbers policy. 

How are new Consultants in charge identifiable to patients?
An indicator showing time passed since first procedure submitted as Consultant in charge will be included on the activity profiles.

What if records are too few, too many or incorrect?
Please email enquiries@njrcentre.org.uk in the first instance who will be able to advise you. Arrange liaison with the hospital data manager to ensure that all records relating to 19/20 have been entered and whether any missing records can still found in the 'edit stack' (i.e. they are being held back from submission to the NJR system because of incomplete or incorrect information).

Data should be correct at point of entry, with validation designed to pick up any minor errors that may slip through. If a consultant finds data to be very inaccurate, this matter should be addressed within the trust. The NJR would urge consultants to speak to their Medical Director as soon as possible about any required verification activity and find out more about the NJR's wider plans for checking the quality of data here and in our Annual Report.

  
  
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