King Edward VII’s Hospital has been celebrating after attaining National Joint Registry (NJR) Quality Data Provider recognition for three years in a row.
The NJR monitors the performance of hip, knee, ankle, elbow and shoulder joint replacement operations to improve clinical outcomes primarily for the benefit of patients, but also to support orthopaedic clinicians and industry manufacturers.
It 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 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.
To achieve the award, hospitals are required to meet a series of six ambitious targets during the audit period 2021-22.
One of these is compliance with the NJR’s mandatory national audit aimed at assessing data completeness and quality within the registry.
This 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.
NJR medical director Mr Tim Wilton said: ‘Congratulations to colleagues at King Edward VII’s Hospital.’
He added: ‘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 services.’
Full details about the NJR’s Quality Data Provider certificate scheme can be found online at www.njrcentre.org.uk.