George Eliot Hospital is celebrating after the Orthopaedic team were recognised by the National Joint Registry (NJR) as a Quality Data Provider for their high standards of patient safety, after successfully completing a national programme of data audits.
The NJR monitors the performance of hip, knee, ankle, elbow and shoulder joint replacement operations to improve clinical outcomes for the benefit of patients, clinicians and industry. The registry collects high quality orthopaedic data in order to provide evidence to support patient safety, standards in quality of care, and overall cost effectiveness in joint replacement surgery.
The ‘NJR Quality Data Provider’ certificate scheme is designed to offer hospitals a blueprint for reaching standards relating to patient safety and reward those who have met registry targets in this area. NJR targets also included having a high level of patients consenting for their details to be included in the registry and for demonstrating timely responses to any alerts issued by the NJR in relation to patient safety concerns, if necessary.
George Eliot Hospital Medical Director, Catherine Free said:
“The care and safety of all our patients is extremely important to the Trust and something that all our staff take very seriously.
“We fully support the National Joint Registry’s work in facilitating improvement in clinical outcomes and governance for the benefit of joint replacement patients and we’re delighted to be awarded as a ‘NJR Quality Data Provider’.”
National Joint Registry medical director, Mr Martyn Porter, said:
“Congratulations to colleagues at George Eliot Hospital. The Quality Data Provider award demonstrates the high standards being met towards ensuring compliance with the NJR and is often a strong reflection of a departmental effort to achieve such status.
“Registry data now provides an important source of evidence for regulators, such as the Care Quality Commission, to inform their judgements about services, as well as being a fundamental driver to inform improved quality of care for patients.
“It is clear that for surgeons and patients alike, the necessity for having accurate and complete data is an absolute requirement. The Quality Data Provider award continues to go from strength to strength and highlights the number of hospitals who are now fully engaged with the NJR’s data completeness programme.”
Full details about the NJR’s Quality Data Provider certificate scheme can be found online at: www.njrcentre.org.uk.
About the NJR’s Quality Data Provider award
Renewable annually, the scheme is designed to offer hospitals a blueprint for reaching patient safety standards through NJR compliance and reward those who have met targets. To gain Quality Data Provider (QPD) status for 2016/17, hospitals were required to meet six ambitious targets. The scheme benefits hospitals and the NJR by helping recognise and reward best practice; increase engagement and awareness of the importance in quality data collection; and help embed the ethos that better data ultimately equals better care.
About the National Joint Registry for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man
Established in 2002, the NJR monitors the performance of hip, knee, ankle, elbow and shoulder joint replacements to improve clinical outcomes for the benefit of patients, clinicians and industry. The registry collects relevant, high quality data in order to provide quality, robust evidence to support decision-making in regard to patient safety, standards in quality of care and overall cost effectiveness in joint replacement surgery. It also supports and enables research to maximise the value of the information it holds, now over 2 million records, and collaborates internationally to foster greater knowledge and understanding. Find out more at www.njrcentre.org.uk.