This month: Data Quality Audit about to end & RCS/NJR Fellow reminder
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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 (see link below). 

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

units are required to complete the associated work on this important audit activity by 31 March 2017.

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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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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Joint RCS/NJR Research Fellowship 2017/18 - deadline extended!
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. Interviews will be held on 25 May 2017.

How to apply:

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

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NJR Surgeon and Hospital Profile website updated with new COP data
The NHS Choices website was updated on 10 January 2017 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).
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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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    Patient Blogs - 'Hippy Chick' and 'Kneedyman'
    We have two patient blogs - capturing experiences as pre-op and post-op joint replacement patients:

    There are many other patient blogs online. The NJR has listed two via it's website and below:

    • My Shoulder Replacement by Michelle - a 51-year-old female patient who has undergone a total replacement of her left shoulder and remained awake during the operation
    • Hip Hop - My Hip Story - by Elaine - a female patient who has undergone a right hip replacement
    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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