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Leighton Hospital Awarded For Commitment To Patient Safety

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Pictured (left to right): Alan Owen, Theatre Scheduler and Derek Pegg, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Mid Cheshire Hospitals with the Quality Data Provider by the National Joint Registry (NJR) award.

20 March 2018

Crewe’s Leighton Hospital has been recognised for the way it monitors and records joint replacement surgery.

The hospital, which is managed by Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has been named as a Quality Data Provider by the National Joint Registry (NJR).

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 industry.

It 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 is designed to offer hospitals a blueprint for reaching standards relating to patient safety and reward those who have met registry targets in this area.

Derek Pegg, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Mid Cheshire Hospitals, said: “Improving patient safety is of the utmost 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’re delighted to be awarded as a NJR Quality Data Provider.”

To achieve the award, staff at Leighton Hospital met a series of six ambitious targets during the 2016/17 financial year. One of these was to complete its compliance with the NJR’s mandatory national audit, which is aimed at assessing data completeness and quality within the registry.

The 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 hospital’s 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 Leighton Hospital.

Mr Martyn Porter, National Joint Registry Medical Director, added: “Congratulations to colleagues at Mid Cheshire Hospitals. 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, to inform their judgements about services, as well as being a fundamental driver to inform improved quality of care for patients.

“It is clear that for surgeons and patients alike, the necessity for having accurate and complete data is an absolute requirement. The Quality Data Provider award continues to go from strength to strength and highlights the number of hospitals who are now fully engaged with the NJR’s data completeness programme.”

Full details about the NJR’s Quality Data Provider certificate scheme can be found online at www.njrcentre.org.uk