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NJR's Accountability and Transparency Model: driving even greater patient safety
The NJR has reviewed its processes in how it monitors implant, hospital and surgeon performance as part of the development of a new NJR Accountability and Transparency Model.

The Model will drive even greater patient safety and quality of care for patients across the orthopaedic sector through its five key monitoring processes.

Structured across five key processes, the model defines roles and strengthens responsibilities for monitoring orthopaedic ‘never events’, implant, hospital and surgeon performance, and surgeons’ individual reflection of their practice.

Explore the Model, the processes and all documents here >

Read: NJR medical director outlines how the key processes that make up the Model have been developed >
Integrating NJR data across a regulatory and professional framework
Listen to Elaine Young, NJR director of operations, outline how the development of the Model is the coming together of significant consultation during 2017 between the NJR, healthcare regulators, and orthopaedic professional bodies and surgical societies:

Listen to Elaine's presentation here >

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NJR surgeon and hospital data now refreshed
The National Joint Registry's Surgeon and Hospital Profile website has been refreshed with the latest clinical outcomes publication data.

You can explore the refreshed data here >

The NJR's Surgeon and Hospital Profile allows patients, their friends, family and carers to view surgeon and hospital specific data in their local area. This is intended to help patients find information to help them make informed decisions about their care and their surgery.

The data displayed is the 2017/18 round of orthopaedic clinical outcomes publication (COP) – an ongoing part of NHS England's transparency agenda.

The data periods covered are:
  • 12 month profile FY2016/17
  • 36 month profile FY2014/15 to FY2016/17

Full information via the NJR website here >
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Planned changes to the NJR Minimum Data Set
The set of data fields collected by the NJR is known as the Minimum Dataset (MDS). The majority of MDS data fields relate to the patient's operation details and are collected in the operating theatre.

The NJR is planning changes to the NJR MDS. The implementation of MDS Version 7 will see refinement of the data that is collected for primary and revision hip, knee, ankle, elbow and shoulder joint replacement.

The NJR will write to all hospitals who report to the registry ahead of the implementation of MDSv7, which is expected to come into effect mid-April 2018.

Full details via the NJR website >

In the following video Mike Swanson, Northgate Public Services (the NJR's data management contractors), outlines the forthcoming changes:

Planned changes to the NJR Minimum Data Set (MDS) >
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Joint RCS/NJR Research Fellowship 2018/19
Applications are now open for the NJR's Research Fellowship opportunity – a two-year partnership project with the Royal College of Surgeons – with the successful candidate to be appointed in early 2018, for a start 2018/19.

Closing date for applications is 29 January 2018 at 5pm. Interviews will be held in spring 2018 (date TBC).

The role is designed for orthopaedic trainees who wish to contribute to the analysis of data from the National Joint Registry and undertake a period of independent research into arthroplasty.

To apply, visit the RCS website here >
Find out more about NJR research fellows >

Focus on data quality from the NJR's recent Regional Event
NJR data is a fundamental driver to inform improved quality of care for patients. Want to discuss ways to improve your hospital’s data quality? Then get in touch with the NJR’s Data Quality Team via:
Data Quality Audit update
Carol Harrison, NJR Data Quality Service Lead (Northgate Public Services), offers an update to the NJR's data quality audit work and how the registry is supporting hospitals to complete the audit.

Watch Carol’s presentation here >

Data anomaly monitoring
Anita Cannon, NJR regional coordinator and data anomaly lead, outlines the work involved for hospitals and hospital data managers to ensure the most accurate recording of joint replacement procedures.

Watch Anita’s presentation here >

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14th Annual Report from the NJR
Published in September, the National Joint Registry for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man (NJR) 14th Annual Report highlighted a record number of procedures being performed during 2016/17.

Download the report online here >

NJR dedicated Annual Report website:
Read all the latest data and analyses on hip, knee, ankle, elbow and shoulder joint replacement via:

Further analysis from NJR Medical Director via NHS England guest blog here >

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Public and Patient Guides to the Annual Report
The National Joint Registry's Public and Patient Guides are available for free in hardcopy* for patients, pre-operative units, and GPs by calling the NJR Centre on: 0845 345 9991.

Or download online now:

*UK distribution only; subject to availability; the NJR Service Desk is operational Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, exc. public holidays.
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Patient data requests
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 t
elephone on 0845 345 9991 or email:

Learn more about Patient Consent here >

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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