Bishop Auckland Hospital has been recognised with a National
Joint Registry (NJR) Quality Data Provider award.
The NJR monitors the performance of hip, knee, ankle, elbow and
shoulder joint replacement operations to improve clinical outcomes
for the benefit of patients, and to support orthopaedic clinicians
and industry manufacturers.
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 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
Bishop Auckland Hospital.
NJR targets also include having a high level of patients
consenting for their details to be included in the registry and for
hospitals to demonstrate timely responses to any alerts issued by
the NJR in relation to potential patient safety concerns.
Sue Jacques, Chief Executive of County Durham and Darlington NHS
Foundation Trust said: "Patient care is our top priority and
patient safety is of the upmost importance and
something all our colleagues take very
"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' which demonstrates our
commitment to providing safe, compassionate and joined-up care for
National Joint Registry Medical Director, Mr Tim Wilton, said:
"Congratulations to colleagues at Bishop Auckland Hospital. 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
"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: https://www.njrcentre.org.uk.
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