Hospital wins top award for patient safety

Gordon A Higgins with, left to right, Jean Trotta, Cathy Millyard and Alison Paton.

Gordon A Higgins with, left to right, Jean Trotta, Cathy Millyard and Alison Paton. - Credit: Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust

Torbay Hospital has won an award for its commitment to patient safety.

It has been named as a National Joint Registry (NJR) Quality Data Provider after successfully completing a national programme of local data audits and meeting a number of targets related to patient safety.

Gordon A Higgins, consultant orthopaedic surgeon and NJR lead at Torbay hospital, said: “We are delighted to be awarded as an NJR Quality Data Provider. 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.

"This achievement was a result of the hard work and dedication of our local NJR team.

"A special thanks goes to Cathy Millyard and to her colleagues Jean Trotta and Alison Paton.” 

The NJR Quality Data Provider certificate scheme is designed to offer hospitals a blueprint for reaching standards relating to patient safety and rewards those who have met registry targets. 

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In order to achieve the award, hospitals were required to meet a series of six ambitious targets during the audit period 2019/20.

One of the targets was compliance with the NJR’s mandatory national audit aimed at assessing data completeness and quality within the registry.  

National Joint Registry medical director Tim Wilton said: “Congratulations to colleagues at Torbay 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 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.”  

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 the industry.

It collects high quality orthopaedic data in order to provide evidence to support patient safety, standards in quality of care and overall effectiveness in joint replacement surgery.