South Eastern Trust Awarded for Commitment to Patient Safety by the National Joint Registry

16th January 2024
Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedics Andrew James, Lead Trauma Co-ordinator Chelsea Meeke and Assistant Director of Surgery at the Ulster Hospital Katherine Dane.

The Ulster Hospital is celebrating after being recognised as a National Joint Registry (NJR) Quality Data Provider after successfully completing a national programme of local data audits.

The NJR monitors the performance of hip, knee, ankle, elbow and shoulder joint replacement procedures to improve clinical outcomes for the benefit of patients.

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.

Assistant Director of Surgery at the Ulster Hospital Katherine Dane praised her team in being recognised in this way. “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 for the benefit of joint replacement patients and we’re delighted to be awarded as an ‘NJR Quality Data Provider’.

“I am very proud of my team that so diligently collect and quality assure the data required in this national audit.”

National Joint Registry Medical Director Tim Wilton added, “Congratulations to colleagues at South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust.  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.

As well as being a fundamental driver to inform improved quality of care for patients, registry data provides an important source of evidence for regulators, such as the Care Quality Commission, to inform their judgements about the quality of health services.”