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Duchy Hospital is awarded for commitment to patient safety by the National Joint Registry (NJR) 

Duchy Hospital is celebrating after being named as a National Joint Registry (NJR) Quality Data Provider after successfully completing a national programme of local data audits.

The NJR monitors the performance of hip, knee, ankle, elbow and shoulder joint replacement operations to improve clinical outcomes for the benefit of patients, clinicians and the industry. The registry collects high quality orthopaedic data in order to provide evidence to support patient safety, standards in quality of care and over all effectiveness in joint replacement surgery. The ‘ NJR Quality Data Provider’ certificate scheme is designed to offer hospitals a blueprint for reaching standards relating to patient safety and reward those who have ment registry targets within the area.

Debby Blease, Head of Clinic Services at Duchy Hospital said: "Improving patient safety is of the upmost importance and something all staff take very seriously. We fully support the National Joint Registry’s work in facilitating improvement in clinical outcomes and governance for the benefit of joint replacement patients and we are delighted to be awarded as a ‘NJR Quality Data Provider’”.

Mr Martyn Portor, National Joint Registry Medical Director, said: “Congratulations to colleagues at Duchy Hospital. The quality Data Provider award demonstrates the high standards being met towards ensuring compliance with the NJR and is often a strong reflection of a departmental effort to achieve such status. Registry data now provides an important source of evidence for regulators, such as the Care Quality Commission (CQC), to inform their judgments about services, as well as being a fundamental driver to inform improved quality of care for patients."

To achieve the award, hospitals were required to meet a series of six ambitious targets. One of the targets which hospitals were required to complete is compliance with the NJR’s mandatory national audit aimed at assessing data completeness and quality within the register.

The Data Quality Audit investigates the accurate number of joint replacement operations submitted to the registry compared to the number carried out and recorded in the local hospital administration system. The audit ensures that the NJR is collecting and reporting upon the most complete, accurate data possible across all hospitals performing joint replacement operations.


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