This month: regional event, data audit, and subscription update
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As the NJR is a national mandatory audit, time can be requested from your managers to support your attendance as part of ongoing professional development training.
The NJR’s next regional event will be held in London this October
The National Joint Registry is calling all non-surgical staff in both the NHS and independent sector alike who are involved with the NJR – for example, from pre-assessment units, theatre, data entry, patient safety and clinical governance managers – to the next meeting in its programme of free-to-attend regional events.

The free-to-attend event will take place in London on:
Thursday 19 October 2017, 10am – 4pm
Emmanuel Centre, 9-23 Marsham Street, London

Who should attend?

The one-day educational conference is aimed specifically for non-surgical healthcare staff engaged with the National Joint Registry. The overarching theme will be on improving data quality and collection for hospital staff, for example, from pre-assessment units, theatre, data entry, patient safety and clinical governance managers. 

Consultants and surgical staff are encouraged to attend the BOA's 2017 Annual Congress which will be taking place at the ACC Liverpool from 19th – 22nd September 2017. The NJR will be both presenting and exhibiting at the congress on consultant specific developments, initiatives and will be available throughout the duration of the congress to support any individual surgeon queries.

To register your attendance please click here > 

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Second annual data quality drive is drawing to a close - is your hospital engaged?
The National Joint Registry has continued the mandatory audit programme to retrospectively check the quality of local registry data and hospitals’ commitment to patient safety during 2016/17. Independent sector organisations have also been included in the programme for the first time.

All Trusts, Local Health Boards, and independent units have been contacted with relevant instructions about how to engage with the programme (click here for more information).

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

All units are required to complete the associated work on this important audit activity by 30 June 2017.

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

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

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NJR subscription update in numbers: Correct as 24/05/2017

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

Confirmed receipt of the documents:
128 (76%)

How many Trusts/LHBs/IS organisations have already paid:

56 paid (35%)
40 have issued PO numbers (25%)

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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Have you seen 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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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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