Kingston Hospital awarded for commitment to patient safety by NJR for third consecutive year

6 September 2022

Kingston Hospital has been named as a National Joint Registry (NJR) Quality Data Provider for the third year running, following the successful completion of 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 primarily for the benefit of patients, but also to support orthopaedic clinicians and industry manufacturers. The registry collects high quality orthopaedic data in order to provide evidence to support patient safety, standards in quality of care, and overall cost-effectiveness in joint replacement surgery.

The ‘NJR Quality Data Provider’ certificate scheme was introduced to offer hospitals a blueprint for reaching high quality standards relating to patient safety and to reward those who have met registry targets.

In order to achieve the award, hospitals are required to meet a series of six ambitious targets during the audit period 2021/22.

The NJR Data Quality Audit investigates the accurate number of joint replacement procedures submitted to the registry compared to the number carried out and recorded in the local hospital Patient 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, including Kingston Hospital.

Sarah Joseph, Matron for Trauma and Orthopaedics at Kingston Hospital, commented: “We are delighted to have been named as a National Joint Registry Quality Data Provider, for the third year running. The award is a testament to our commitment to patient safety here at Kingston Hospital, and I would like to congratulate the team of staff who have been involved in this work.”

National Joint Registry Medical Director, Mr Tim Wilton, said: “Congratulations to colleagues at Kingston Hospital. The Quality Data Provider Award demonstrates the high standards being met towards ensuring compliance with the NJR and is often a reflection of strong departmental efforts to achieve such status. Registry data provides an important source of evidence for regulators, such as the Care Quality Commission, to inform their judgements about services, as well as being a fundamental driver to inform improved quality of care for patients.”

Further information about the NJR’s Quality Data Provider certificate scheme can be found online at:

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