QE awarded for commitment to patient safety

Posted on Wed, 11/09/2019

A Gateshead hospital is celebrating after being recognised as a top provider of clinical data, which helps support improvements in patient safety and standards of care.

The surgery centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital has been named as a Quality Data Provider by the National Joint Registry (NJR) after successfully completing a national programme of data audits.

The NJR monitors the performance of hip, knee, ankle, elbow and shoulder joint replacement operations to improve clinical outcomes for the benefit of patients, clinicians and industry. The registry collects orthopaedic data in order to gain insights to support patient safety, standards in quality of care, and overall cost effectiveness in joint replacement surgery.

The NJR Quality Data Provider certificate scheme is designed to offer hospitals a blueprint for reaching standards relating to patient safety and reward those who have met registry targets in this area. The scheme benefits hospitals and the NJR by helping recognise and reward best practice; increase engagement and awareness of the importance in quality data collection; and help embed the ethos that better data ultimately leads to better care. Registry data provides an important source of evidence for regulators such as the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

NJR targets necessitate having a high level of patients consenting for their details to be included in the registry, and for demonstrating timely responses to any alerts issued by the NJR in relation to patient safety concerns, if necessary.

Andrew Beeby, Medical Director at QE Gateshead, 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’."

Tim Wilton, NJR Medical Director, adds: "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 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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