St Hugh’s Hospital’s commitment to patient safety is recognised

There are celebrations across all departments here at St Hugh’s Hospital, as we have once again received the National Joint Registry (NJR) Quality Data Provider award.

The national certificate recognises our commitment to patient safety and for the rigorous way in which we collect and submit information about joint replacement surgery to a national safety system.

The National Joint Registry collects data from all NHS and private providers in the country that perform hip, knee, ankle, elbow, and shoulder joint replacement operations. The aim is to encourage the highest possible standards of accuracy for the benefit of patients, clinicians, manufacturers, and the overall industry. By monitoring performance in this way, the registry can provide evidence to support patient safety, care standards, and cost-effectiveness.

St Hugh’s Hospital has once again received the award and chief executive Tony Barrett said: “Thanks and congratulations must go to each hospital team for the leadership and effort across many departments to achieve this national award.”

In order to achieve the award, we were required to meet a series of six ambitious targets, including compliance with the NJR’s mandatory national audit. The initiative was introduced nationally to offer hospitals a blueprint for reaching high quality standards relating to patient safety and to reward those who have met registry targets.  

St Hugh’s Hospital’s director, Ashely Brown, 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’re delighted to be awarded as an ‘NJR Quality Data Provider’.”

The registry’s medical director, Tim Wilton, added: “Congratulations to colleagues at St Hugh’s 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.”

Full details about the NJR and the award scheme can be found online at  www.njrcentre.org.uk