national joint registry

National Joint Registry

The NJR was set up by the Department of Health and Welsh Government in 2002. It collects information on joint replacement operations and monitors the performance of implants, hospitals and surgeons.

Northern Ireland joined in 2013 and the Isle of Man in 2015. The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) manages the Registry on behalf of the Department of Health.

We’ve delivered the NJR service since April 2006. Since then, it has evolved from a data entry solution to a full business intelligence platform with extensive reporting services.

How it works

The NJR contains demographic data, like age and gender. It also captures information about the physical status of patients, the surgeon, the reasons for implantation, the surgical approach and details about the implant.

The register helps to monitor the performance of the wide range of implants as well as the effectiveness of the surgery. This benefits patients and clinicians and supports regulators and the orthopaedic industry.

The services we provide to HQIP and other stakeholders include on-site support and advice around governance, patient confidentiality and data protection.

Business intelligence

Through a separate business intelligence platform, we provide extensive reporting services. This includes secure, online services for clinicians, hospital management and orthopaedic device manufacturers, as well as the NJR’s Reports Online service and the Consultant Outcomes Publication.

We also provide a dedicated data quality management team which manages ad hoc requests for information for research and analysis, including linking to external datasets where necessary.

The story so far

  • 2.5m+ procedures
  • Over 2,000 active surgeon and hospital users
  • 95% of patients consent to their data being added to the registry
  • Captures 96% of all cases undertaken in England, Wales and Northern Ireland  

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