Teams at the Horton General Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre have been awarded gold and silver awards and been named as National Joint Registry (NJR) Quality Data Providers after successfully completing a national programme of local data audits. The NJR monitors the performance of hip, knee, ankle, elbow and shoulder joint replacement procedures to improve clinical outcomes for the benefit of patients, but also to support and give performance feedback to orthopaedic clinicians and industry manufacturers.
The registry collects high quality orthopaedic data to provide evidence to support patient safety, standards in quality of care, and overall value in joint replacement surgery. The ‘NJR Quality Data Provider’ certificate scheme was introduced to offer hospitals a blueprint for reaching high quality standards relating to patient safety, and to reward those who have met registry targets.
In order to achieve the award, hospitals are required to meet a series of six ambitious targets during the audit period of 2022/23. One of the targets which hospitals are required to complete is compliance with the NJR’s mandatory national audit aimed at assessing data completeness and quality within the registry.
The NJR Data Quality Audit compares the number of joint replacement procedures submitted to the registry to the number carried out and recorded in the local hospital Patient Administration System. The audit ensures that the NJR is collecting and reporting upon the most complete, accurate data possible across all hospitals performing joint replacement operations, including at the Horton General Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre – both part of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH), with the hospitals winning the gold and silver awards respectively.
NJR targets also include having a high level of patients consenting for their details to be included in the registry so that they can be more easily contacted in future should the need arise.
Graham Sleat, Divisional Medical Director of Neurosciences, Orthopaedics, Trauma, Specialist Surgery, Children’s and Neonates (NOTSSCaN) at OUH, said: “Improving patient safety is of the upmost importance and something our teams take very seriously. We fully support the National Joint Registry’s work in facilitating improvement in clinical outcomes for the benefit of joint replacement patients and we’re delighted to be awarded as an ‘NJR Quality Data Provider’ at two of our hospitals.”
Abtin Alvand, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and NJR Lead at OUH, said: “We would like to thank the entire NJR team for their hard work in moving this work forward – it’s great to see our teams’ efforts to improve patient care acknowledged this way.”
Andrew Price, Clinical Director for Trauma and Orthopaedics at OUH, said: “Congratulations to our teams at both the Horton General Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre for their impressive achievement, which is testament to their ongoing commitment to providing excellent patient care.”
National Joint Registry Medical Director, Mr Tim Wilton, said: “Congratulations to colleagues at the Horton General Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre. The Quality Data Provider Award demonstrates the high standards being met towards ensuring compliance with the NJR and is often a reflection of strong departmental efforts to achieve such status.
“As well as being a fundamental driver to inform improved quality of care for patients, registry data provides an important source of evidence for regulators, such as the Care Quality Commission, to inform their judgements about the quality of health services.”