NJR Surgeon and Hospital Outcomes Website
When you visit this website you can search for any surgeon who has carried out one or more hip, knee, ankle, elbow or shoulder replacements in the last three years for any NHS and independent sector hospitals. The data is refreshed annually, each January, to include the updated data from the previous three years.
For each surgeon listed, it is possible to access information about their recent practice including how many procedures they have carried out of each joint type.
From the website home page, you can explore information about your surgeon using the following search criteria:
- General Medical Council number
- Hospitals where they work, either by the search bar or via the interactive regional map
The published surgeon profiles cover:
- Hospitals where a Consultant in charge works
- Number of primary and revision joint replacement procedures undertaken and overseen by each Consultant in charge over one and three years
- Mortality rates
Also 90-days of surgery for hip and knee replacements
- Consultant in charge indicator
- Use of ODEP- rated implants
Within the profiles, there are also included statistics for the national averages, so you can compare surgeon information against these figures.
Remember you can also talk to your surgeon about the range of their clinical experience in joint replacement surgery. If you would like to ask them about this but feel uncomfortable doing so, perhaps consider taking a friend or family member to your appointment to support you
Everything you can find for a surgeon is also supplied at a hospital level. In addition to surgeon information, you can also find:
- Patient-reported improvement scores for hip and knee replacements six months after surgery
- Quality of the information submitted by the hospital – this is important so that the NJR can measure how long implants last and look at other areas of surgical performance
Why is data quality important?
It is important that the NJR presents a full and accurate picture of outcomes in the hospital at any given time. The data represents procedure details entered by each hospital into the NJR. Whilst the NJR has a strong focus on data quality, it is possible for data entry errors to occur.
What should I do if hospitals report ‘worse than expected’ results?
If your hospital is showing a ‘worse than expected’ result, you should ask for more information. Your hospital should be able to explain why and what steps they might have taken to look at the reasons that such a result is showing.
Statistics should not, on their own, be taken as a guide to the standards of a hospital and the care you would receive. However, if you have any doubts or questions, speak with your GP, your surgeon and healthcare team at the hospital.