Ramsay Health Care UK awarded for commitment to patient safety for the fourth year in a row by the National Joint Registry


Ramsay Health Care UK is celebrating being named as a National Joint Registry (NJR) Quality Data Provider for the third year in a row after successfully completing a national programme of local data audits.

 

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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.

Commenting on the award Nick Costa, CEO at Ramsay Health Care UK said: “Being recognised as a Quality Data Provider by the NJR for the fourth year across all of our hospitals is testament to the unrelenting focus our teams place on patient safety. The teams continue to demonstrate the highest standards of care which we value throughout all of our hospitals and should be extremely proud of this achievement.”

In order to achieve the award, hospitals are required to meet a series of six ambitious targets during the audit period 2020/21. One of the targets which hospitals are required to complete is compliance with the NJR’s mandatory national audit aimed at assessing data completeness and quality within the registry.

Jo Dickson, Chief Clinical and Quality Officer at Ramsay Health Care UK said: “Improving patient safety and delivering outstanding patient care is of the upmost importance to us at Ramsay Health Care. We fully support the National Joint Registry’s efforts in facilitating improvement, with the data this provides we are able to make great decisions to improve the quality of care for our patients.”

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 in Ramsay UK.

National Joint Registry Medical Director, Mr Tim Wilton, said: “Congratulations to colleagues at Ramsay UK. 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’s Quality Data Provider certificate scheme can be found online here.