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Airedale NHS Foundation Trust is celebrating after receiving the Gold award – the highest level 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 procedures to improve clinical outcomes for the benefit of patients and also to support orthopaedic clinicians and industry manufacturers.

The registry collects high quality orthopaedic data to provide evidence to support patient safety, standards in quality of care, and overall value 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.  From 2022/23 three tiers of achievement were introduced and the Gold award is the highest standard that hospitals can achieve in the scheme and is awarded for excellence.

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

The NJR Data Quality Audit compares the number of joint replacement procedures submitted to the registry 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 Airedale. NJR targets also include having a high level of patients consenting for their details to be included in the registry so that they can be more easily contacted in future should the need arise.

Commenting, Karen Burnett, Hospital Data Manager for NJR at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust 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 for the benefit of joint replacement patients and we’re delighted to be awarded as a Gold level ‘NJR Quality Data Provider’.”

National Joint Registry Medical Director, Mr Tim Wilton, said:

“Congratulations to colleagues at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust.  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.

As well as being a fundamental driver to inform improved quality of care for patients, registry data provides an important source of evidence for regulators, such as the Care Quality Commission, to inform their judgements about the quality of health services.”

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