Trust celebrates being named National Joint Registry (NJR) Quality Data Provider for the third consecutive year

Date: 18 October 2022

Trust celebrates being named National Joint Registry NJR Quality Data Provider for the third consecutive year

Medway NHS Foundation Trust has been named National Joint Registry (NJR) Quality Data Provider for the third consecutive year 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 primarily for the benefit of patients, but also to support orthopaedic clinicians and industry manufacturers. 

In order to achieve the award, hospitals are required to meet a series of six ambitious targets during the audit period 2020/21. One of the targets, which hospitals are required to complete, is compliance with the NJR’s mandatory national audit which aims to ensure the NJR is collecting and reporting upon the most complete, accurate data possible across all hospitals performing joint replacement operations, including Medway NHS Foundation Trust. 

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.

Jayne Black, Chief Executive of Medway NHS Foundation Trust, 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 for the third year running.”

Mr Tim Wilton, National Joint Registry Medical Director, said: “Congratulations to colleagues at Medway NHS Foundation Trust. 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 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.”

Full details about the NJR’s Quality Data Provider certificate scheme can be found online at https://www.njrcentre.org.uk

  • Summary:

    Medway NHS Foundation Trust has been named National Joint Registry (NJR) Quality Data Provider for the third consecutive year after successfully completing a national programme of local data audits.