Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital Awarded for commitment to patient safety by the National Joint Registry

13 September 2019

Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital is celebrating after 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 2017/18. 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 Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital .

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.

Commenting, Sara Morgan, Director of Clinical Services at Spire Cambridge Lea, said:

“Improving patient safety is of the upmost importance and something all 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 an ‘NJR Quality Data Provider’.”

 National Joint Registry Medical Director, Mr Tim Wilton, said:

“Congratulations to colleagues at Spire Cambridge Lea.  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.”

Mr Matthew Porteous, Chair of the NJR Data Quality Committee, added:

“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

The scheme has been devised to offer hospitals a blueprint for reaching high patient safety standards through NJR compliance and serves as a reward those who have met their targets. To gain Quality Data Provider (QPD) status for 2018/19, hospitals were required to meet six ambitious targets. The scheme benefits hospitals and ultimately future patients by recognising and rewarding best practice; increasing engagement and awareness of the importance in quality data collection; and helps embed the ethos that better data informs and ultimately enables improved future 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 with 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 2.8 million records, and collaborates internationally to foster greater knowledge and understanding. Find out more at www.njrcentre.org.uk

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