The Royal Oldham Hospital receives an award from the National Joint Registry recognising its commitment to patient safety

29 September 2022

The Theatres Team at The Royal Oldham Hospital are celebrating after the hospital was named as a National Joint Registry (NJR) Quality Data Provider after successfully completing a national programme of local data audits.

The award is good news for patients, as it recognises the hospital’s performance in providing high quality orthopaedic data to support patient safety, standards in quality of care and overall cost-effectiveness of joint replacement surgery.

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 ‘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. 

In order to achieve the award, hospitals are required to meet a series of six ambitious targets during the audit period 2020/21. One of the targets which hospitals are required to complete is compliance with the NJR’s mandatory national audit aimed at assessing data completeness and quality within the registry.

The NJR Data Quality Audit investigates the accurate number of joint replacement procedures submitted to the registry compared to the number carried out and recorded in the local hospital Patient Administration System. The audit ensures that the NJR is collecting and reporting upon the most complete, accurate data possible across all hospitals performing joint replacement operations, including The Royal Oldham Hospital.

NJR targets also include having a high level of patients consenting for their details to be included in the registry and for hospitals to demonstrate timely responses to any alerts issued by the NJR in relation to potential patient safety concerns.

Dr Jonathan Moise, Medical Director at The Royal Oldham Hospital, said: “We’re delighted to be awarded NJR accreditation. Our teams are committed to improving patient safety and clinical outcomes for joint replacement patients, and we fully support the National Joint Registry’s work in facilitating improvement and governance for patients. To be awarded ‘NJR Quality Data Provider’ status is a great achievement for our surgical and theatres teams.”

National Joint Registry Medical Director, Mr Tim Wilton, said: “Congratulations to colleagues at The Royal Oldham 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.

“Registry data 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.”

Full details about the NJR’s Quality Data Provider certificate scheme can be found online at:

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