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3 March 2021

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals praised for high standards in collecting vital information about joint replacement surgery


Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been named a National Joint Registry Quality Data Provider in recognition of the highly quality data it collects to support clinical standards in joint replacement surgery and care.

The Trust, which performed around 1,500 hip, knee, elbow and shoulder replacement operations in 2019, received the accolade at both the Royal Hallamshire and Northern General Hospital after successfully completing a rigorous national programme of local data audits.

The National Joint Registry is a national body which collects data from all NHS and private providers in the country who undertake hip, knee, ankle, elbow shoulder replacement joints. The registry helps to make joint replacement surgery safer by encouraging NHS Trusts to achieve the highest possible standards of accuracy when reporting on surgery by meeting stringent standards tested.

In order to achieve the award, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals was required to meet a series of six ambitious targets during the audit period. This included a mandatory national audit target, which assessed data completeness and quality within the registry.

Mr Simon Buckley, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted to have achieved this national honour. Our team have worked exceptionally hard to meet these stringent standards which play an important role in helping clinicians understand more about the long term effectiveness of different types of joint replacement surgery and joint replacement implants. The registry also acts as an early warning system if any mechanisms of failure with joint implants are later identified.

“This was a strong departmental effort and involved scrupulously checking trauma data records for 1,500 joint replacement operations across our local patient administration system. I would like to congratulate everyone involved as well as thank the patients who consented to having their anonymised data sent on to the National Joint Registry.”

National Joint Registry Medical Director, Mr Tim Wilton, said: “The Quality Data Provider Award demonstrates the high standards being met towards ensuring compliance with the National Joint Registry and is often a reflection of strong departmental efforts 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.”

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Photo: The team with their award. Left to right: Sarah Kaynes (Trauma and Adult Research Network Support Officer), Lisa Dale (Clerical Officer), Lisa Buck (Trauma and Adult Research Network Support Officer), Sara Swales (Spinal Multidisciplinary Team Coordinator)

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