National Joint Registry Dataset - Overview
About the National Joint Registry:
Hip and knee joints comprise the largest number of joint replacements used in the UK and both are subject to a high proliferation of different implant types that commonly lack data on their long-term effectiveness. The NJR is a keystone to delivering the commitment of both the Department of Health and the Welsh Assembly Government to improve the health and wellbeing of the population and is a vital tool for improving clinical standards for hip and knee replacements. It will benefit patients, clinicians and the orthopaedic industry. At the heart of the NJR is a database of information collected from all the hip and knee replacement procedures in England and Wales.
Is the NJR Compulsory?
If a hospital is in an NHS Trust, then they are expected by ministers to comply. If the hospital is Independent, then the NJR is compulsory and enforced by the National Care Standards Commission.
Further information on the background to the National Joint Registry can be found in the summary of a consultation exercise, which can be accessed on the Department of Health website.
National Joint Registry website:
The National Joint Registry website is available at: http://www.njrcentre.org.uk.
There is also a frequently asked questions page within the NJR website, at: http://www.njrcentre.org.uk/documents/faqs/faq_index.htm