This month: Regional event round up, COP details, RCC applications
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COP details
Pre-view period for Clinical Outcomes Publication (COP) programme 2017/18
The NJR is finalising preparations for implementing the 2017/18 round of orthopaedic clinical outcomes publication (COP) – an ongoing part of NHS England's transparency agenda. The data will be published via NHS Choices and also the NJR's Surgeon and Hospital Profile website.

Surgeon pre-view period:

Joint replacement surgeons' public-facing profile and COP data will be available to pre-view through NJR Clinician Feedback from 10:30am on Wednesday 15 November until 11:59pm on Tuesday 28 November.

Add the pre-view period to your calendar: Google | Outlook

The data periods covered are:
  • clinical activity to 31 March 2017
  • standardised mortality ratio August 2012 - August 2017

Access NJR Clinician Feedback here >
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NJR seeks new Regional Clinical Coordinator (RCC) members
The National Joint Registry Regional Clinical Coordinators Sub-committee serves to provide a two way link between the hospitals and surgeons providing data to the NJR and to the registry itself. It comprises of representatives from all regions across England, Northern Ireland, and Wales, and encompasses NHS and independent sector treatment.

RCC members are currently being sought from the following regions:
  • East of England
  • North Wales
  • South East Coast
  • South East Wales
  • West Midlands x 2

To ensure a representative and balanced cohort of Regional Clinical Coordinators, the NJR would particularly welcome applications from consultants who specialise in lower limb joint replacement surgery, including ankle replacement.

Full application details can be found here >

Individuals should submit their application by 9am, Friday 24th November 2017.

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NJR Regional Event round-up
On 19 October 2017 the National Joint Registry held another one-day educational conference as part of its regional events programme on improving data quality in the registry. The event took place in central London and attracted over 100 hospital staff working in all sorts of non-surgical orthopaedic related roles.

The programme included presentations on the NJR’s ongoing data quality audit, service developments from the registry and also sessions on how the NJR works in practice for patient safety. Additionally, a collection of local case studies concluded the programme and were particularly well received.

Read the full round-up from the regional event here >
Data Quality Audit update
Carol Harrison, NJR Data Quality Service Lead (Northgate Public Services), offered 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, outlined the work involved for hospitals and hospital data managers to ensure the most accurate recording of joint replacement procedures.

Watch Anita’s presentation here >

How NJR data is driving patient safety
Elaine Young, director of operations for the NJR, opened the day by outlining how NJR data is driving greater patient safety telling delegates: "Registries serve an invaluable function if we want the NHS to be the safest healthcare system in the world. Particularly device registries."

Listen to Elaine's presentation here >

Focus on data quality
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:
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14th Annual Report from the NJR
Published last month, 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 >

NJR keynote for Arthritis Care Northern Ireland's Annual Professional Lecture
This year’s keynote address at the 10th Arthritis Care Northern Ireland Annual Professional Lecture was delivered by NJR medical director, Mr Martyn Porter.

Held on World Arthritis Day 2017, Martyn’s entertaining lecture outlined the origins of orthopaedic surgery before illustrating the current importance of the NJR, especially considering the volume of joint replacement procedures carried out today.

For more details from the event, visit ACNI’s Twitter feed or their website.

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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.
NJR Data Quality
Third annual NJR Data Quality Audit now underway
The National Joint Registry is continuing its audit programme to retrospectively check the quality of data from all hospitals reporting to the registry.

Read full details about how your hospital can be involved >

As featured in the latest edition of the BOA's Journal of Trauma and Orthopaedics, read a progress update on the inaugural audit here >
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Patient Consent at 93% during 2016/17
Outlined in the NJR's 14th Annual Report, the patient consent rate for 2016/17 was 93.0%, a slight decrease from 2015/16 (93.43%).

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 >

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The NJR at the BOA's Annual Congress
19-21 September 2017

New for 2017, the NJR stand was home to an interactive 'mini-theatre' where presentations took place relating to NJR services or use of registry data during refreshment and lunch breaks throughout the Congress.

Below are three presentations which were live streamed via the NJR's Facebook page and can be watched back by clicking the links or image below.

Photos from the Congress can be viewed here >

1. What does the NJR's 14th Annual Report tell us?:
Mr Michael Whitehouse, NJR statistical analysis (University of Bristol), presented the findings from this year's Annual Report across hip, knee, ankle, elbow and shoulder joint replacements.

Watch presentation >
Download the presentation slides here >

2. Developing Patient Decision Aids for joint replacement:
Professor Mark Wilkinson, NJR Research Sub-committee Chairman, outlines the NJR's work in the developing a tool to aid patients' pre-operative decision making.

Watch presentation >
Download the presentation slides here >

3. Making the most of the NJR’s pricing data:
Richard Armstrong, Head of Health Solutions (Northgate Public Services), outlines the how surgeons can better understand their pricing data and how this can be accessed.

Watch presentation >
Download the presentation slides here >

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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 >

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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