This month: regional event round-up, PPGs and COP data
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NJR West Midlands regional event round-up
The NJR held a successful one-day educational conference on improving data quality and collection for hospital staff from across the UK.

The regional event, which took place at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, on Wednesday (8 February 2017) attracted over 90 key stakeholders involved with joint replacement surgery from both the NHS and independent sector.

The action packed programme included presentations on improving data quality, service developments from the registry and also sessions on how the NJR works in practice for patients.

Read the full round-up from the day here >
Click here to download the NJR presentations > 
Click here to view the live Tweets from the day >
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Latest editions of the NJR's Public and Patient Guides to joint replacement surgery
The National Joint Registry is delighted to announce the publication of the latest editions of its Public and Patient Guides (PPGs) to joint replacement surgery.

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 Surgeon and Hospital Profile website updated with new COP data
The NHS Choices website was today (Tuesday 10 January 2017) updated with the latest data and statistics on joint replacement surgery as part of NHS England’s openness and transparency programme. 

Since 2013, NHS England has carried out a clinical outcomes publication (COP) programme, which includes orthopaedics, publishing data at both hospital and individual consultant-level via NHS Choices and on the NJR’s dedicated Surgeon and Hospital Profile website.

For orthopaedics, the COP programme is underpinned with data collected and analysed by the National Joint Registry and continues to be developed in partnership the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA).

If you notice any errors with the publication of your data, please contact NJR Regional Coordinator Team Leader, Inez Dunn in the first instance:
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COP data available via NHS Choices
To find out the latest data on joint replacement surgery in your area using NHS Choices, visit:

    Find out more about the Clinical Outcomes Publication programme via the HQIP website here >
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    Behind the headlines: NHS rationing
    There have recently been numerous news articles (Guardian / Daily Mail) outlining that due to financial pressures on the NHS, some providers have recently suggested a temporary suspension of joint replacement procedures. 

    Back in September, as part of the NJR's Annual Report launch, NJR medical director, Mr Martyn Porter, argued that registry data shows rationing is not rational, saying:

    The evidence from the report suggests that rationing is not rational. Joint replacement surgery is not a lifestyle operation, it is primarily an operation to relieve pain, keep people at work and free patients from community care. The taxpayer will not save money by providers denying joint replacements to patients as these are highly effective and cost effective procedures.”
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    Second annual data quality drive is now underway - is your hospital engaged? 
    The National Joint Registry is delighted to report that it is continuing the mandatory audit programme to retrospectively check the quality of local registry data and hospitals’ commitment to patient safety. Independent sector organisations will also be included in the programme for 2016/17.

    All Trusts, Local Health Boards, and independent units have been contacted with relevant instructions about how to engage with the programme (see link below). 

    Read the full details and download the Sample correspondence sent to all Trusts, LHBs and the IS here >

    If you wish to know more, then please contact the NJR via the dedicated data audit e-mail 

    Please do share this information with colleagues and others in your department.

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    Joint RCS/NJR Research Fellowship - deadline extanded!
    The application deadline for the NJR's Research Fellowship opportunity – a two-year partnership project with the Royal College of Surgeons  has been extended.

    Closing date for applications is 17 March
     2017 at 5pm. 

    How to apply:

    Visit to find out more, including the terms of the fellowship and the application form.
    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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