Friarage Hospital has been recognised nationally for its work in joint replacements and its commitment to patient safety.
The Northallerton hospital has been titled a ‘quality data provider’ by the National Joint Registry (NJR) for its quality care.
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.
Andrew Port, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s hip consultant and knee surgeon, said: “The National Joint Registry in the UK was pioneered in 2003 by professor Paul Gregg, who worked at South Tees between 2002 and 2015, and is the beacon for monitoring the performance of implants, surgical units and surgeons.
“Because of the close scrutiny of performance the safety and assurance of having a joint replacement in the UK continues to improve year on year and the outcomes at the Friarage unit are among the best in the country so this accolade is a great tribute to the team.”
Victoria Blake, clinical director at the Friarage, said: “We’re delighted to be awarded as an NJR Quality Data Provider. Improving patient safety is of the upmost importance and something all of us take very seriously.”
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.
National Joint Registry medical director, Tim Wilton, said: “Congratulations to colleagues at the Friarage Hospital. 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.”
Full details about the NJR’s Quality Data Provider certificate scheme can be found online at: www.njrcentre.org.uk.