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National Joint Registry Steering Committee seeks two new members
Are you a practising orthopaedic surgeon with a desire to help improve clinical outcomes? Or are you a senior specialist practitioner with an interest in orthopaedics and a passion for improving patient care? Then apply today to join the National Joint Registry’s Steering Committee (NJRSC).

For this set of appointments, the NJRSC is specifically seeking applicants to fulfil the roles of:

The closing date for applications is midday on April 28.

To apply, please read through the information pack for applicants or visit the following website for full details here:
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The NJR is advertising for two key posts within the NJR management team
The NJR management team, based at The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP), manages the registry’s work across its governance structure. We are currently inviting applications for the posts of:

  1. NJR information governance manager
  2. NJR operations manager - performance

If you - or someone you know - has the relevant experience and skills, and is seeking a new and exciting challenge to take on a highly responsible role within the NJR, then please do consider applying. HQIP is based near Moorgate, London with excellent transport links and support is available for flexible working.

Full details for both vacancies are available on the NJR website here. Closing date for applications for both posts is 5pm 12 May 2017.

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What is this survey?

The NJR will be redesigning its main website with the aim of relaunching in the first half of 2018.

We have designed a communications and stakeholder survey is to find out what you like about the current site; what you would prefer changed, improved or removed; other sites whose designs work well for you and, finally, whether you would be happy to join our User Acceptance Group to help assess early designs and test the new site before launch.

The survey also asks some wider communication questions to ensure that the registry continues to talk to all its stakeholders as appropriately and as best as possible.

Deadline for responses is noon Wednesday 3 May, 2017.

All information submitted here will be treated in the strictest confidence and not shared with any third parties. Thank you very much for your time - your support is invaluable.

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Latest NJR in-depth studies now published
As part of its programme of work the NJR carries out in-depth studies to support decision-making in regard to patient safety, standards in quality of care and overall effectiveness of joint replacement surgery. Two studies have been recently published and the full results can now be viewed online:

Cause of death
This study was carried out to to better understand the causes of death following hip and knee replacement.

Findings in short: Tackling both cardiovascular and digestive disorders should not only increase life expectancy but enhance the cost-effectiveness of joint replacement.

Full details and comment here >

Ethnicity and joint replacement
Over 640,000 patient records were examined in the first large-scale study of ethnicity and joint replacement in the UK.

Findings in short: The number of both hip and knee replacement operations for Black and Asian ethnic minorities are lower than expected when compared to Whites.

Full details and comment here >

You can find out more information about the NJR's in-depth studies via the
website here.
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Latest editions of the NJR's Public and Patient Guides to joint replacement surgery
The National Joint Registry's latest editions of its Public and Patient Guides (PPGs) to joint replacement surgery are available to download and view online.

The guides include information on Annual Report facts and analysis, including introduction to joint replacement surgery and x-rays about hip, knee, ankle, elbow and shoulder joint replacements.

Public and Patient Guides to the 13th Annual Report:

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NJR subscription update in numbers: Correct as 06/04/17  

How many Trusts/LHB/IS organisations did the NJR contact:

How many have confirmed receipt of the documents:
127 (76%)

Have any Trusts/LHBs/IS organisations already paid:

5 paid (3%)
46 have issued PO numbers (26%)

NJR subscriptions for the period 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 are now due
The NJR is responsible as an organisation for self-funding its activities, and delivery of its strategic work programme is through a mandated annual subscription charge. This subscription, originally collected through a levy applied on the sale of components, was changed to a subscription charge in 2014, enabling us to reduce to costs to Trusts and Health Boards.

Help ensure your hospital is subscribed
The NJR management team contacted all Trusts/LHBs/independent organisations who report to the NJR on 17 March to notify of their subscription charge for 2017/18.

Click the below button or here to download a sample of the NJR's subscription letter to forward to finance colleagues to check if they have a) received, and b) are actioning payment.

The NJR offers a considerable number of services and has worked hard to ensure that the subscription model used not only enables savings but ensures providers pay a fair and proportionate contribution. The subscription charge has remained at its current rate since 2014 with the cost frozen again for 2017/18.

Subscription now includes EMBED service

To offer even greater value for money, for 2017/18 the NJR’s enhanced implant price-benchmarking service, EMBED, will be included as part of the standard NJR subscription charge. This was previously charged at a cost of £5,000 per NHS Trust/Health Board.

The EMBED service offers greater capability to hospital procurement and healthcare management teams to drill down further into pricing data, including the ability to give surgeons individual reports relating to their own implant use.

Learn more about EMBED and how it can help your hospital via the NJR website here >  

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Patients: Accessing your NJR data
Patients can obtain a copy of the data held on their hip, knee, ankle, elbow or shoulder replacement operation recorded in the registry, providing they consented prior to their operation, by completing a Patient Data Request form and sending the signed form to the NJR Centre at the address on the form.

We would normally expect to provide your data within two to three weeks, although during periods of high demand it may take longer.

Patient Operation Data Request (PDF) >

If you don't have access to a printer, you can contact the NJR Helpdesk via 
Telephone on 0845 345 9991 or email:

Learn more about Patient Consent here >

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Surgeon and hospital data available via NHS Choices
To find out the latest data on joint replacement surgery in your area using NHS Choices, visit:

    NJR Surgeon and Hospital Profile

    Through the NJR Surgeon and Hospital Profile service you can find information about:

    1) Consultant surgeons who carry out hip, knee, ankle, elbow and shoulder joint replacement surgery for the NHS in England 

    2) Hospitals where those joint replacement operations are carried out.

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