NOA founder member Trust named as a National Joint Registry (NJR)Quality Data Provider

The National Orthopaedic Alliance (NOA) extends congratulations to one of our founder member Trusts, The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (ROH) for being named as a National Joint Registry (NJR) Quality Data Provider after successfully completing a national programme of local 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 was introduced to offer hospitals a blueprint for reaching high-quality standards relating to patient safety and reward those who have met registry targets in this area.

In order to achieve the award, hospitals are required to meet a series of six ambitious targets during the audit period 2018/19. 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 investigates the accurate number of joint replacement procedures submitted to the registry compared 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 ROH.

NJR targets also include 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 potential patient safety concerns, if necessary.

Leky Parveen, Clinical Effectiveness Manager at ROH, said: “Congratulations to the Clinical Audit & Effectiveness Team on this monumental achievement. You work diligently to ensure we capture all the required NJR data at the ROH. You should all be extremely proud of yourselves and I look forward to seeing what you achieve in the upcoming Data Quality Audit.”

National Joint Registry Medical Director, Mr Tim Wilton, said: “Congratulations to colleagues at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHSFT. 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. 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.”

Ann Hoey, Deputy Director of the NOA said “Congratulations to the ROH for being named as a National Joint Registry (NJR) Quality Data Provider. As a founder member organisation of the NOA, ROH plays a key role in NOA’s activity and is helping to lead work around our Orthopaedic Quality Improvement (incl.Clinical Audit) Network. We look forward to continuing to work with the Trust around quality improvement in orthopaedics and more”.

Full details about the NJR’s Quality Data Provider certificate scheme can be found online at: