Published on: 12 January 2024

Burnley General Teaching Hospital is celebrating after being named as a Quality Data Provider after successfully completing a national programme of local data audits run by the National Joint Registry (NJR).

Burnley General Teaching Hospital is one of five sites within East Lancashire Hospitals Trust (ELHT).

The NJR monitors the performance and effectiveness of different types of joint replacement surgery – such as hip, knee, ankle, elbow and shoulder operations – in a bid to improve clinical outcomes for patients and standards of care across hospital Trusts.

It launched the ‘NJR Quality Data Provider’ certificate scheme to encourage best practice and offer hospitals a blueprint for reaching high quality standards relating to patient safety.

To achieve the award, colleagues at Burnley General Teaching Hospital had to achieve six ambitious targets during the NJR’s mandatory national audit period for 2022-23, including compliance with the NJR’s mandatory national audit aimed at assessing data completeness and quality within the registry.

The audit ensures that the NJR is collecting and reporting upon the most complete, accurate data possible across all hospitals performing joint replacement operations.

Dr Jawad Husain, Executive Medical Director at ELHT, said: “Improving patient safety is of the upmost importance and something our colleagues take very seriously.  We fully support the NJRs 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’.

This achievement is down to the continued hard work and dedication of our teams in Theatres and Quality and Safety.”

National Joint Registry Medical Director, Mr Tim Wilton, said: “Congratulations to colleagues at Burnley General Teaching Hospitals. 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.”

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

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