AN OSWESTRY-based hospital has been recognised with a coveted award for its patient safety culture.

The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital has been given the award by the National Joint Registry (NJR) and is certified as a Quality Data Provider – certifying that it has achieved standards related to patient safety and met registry targets.

As part of assessments for the ‘Quality Data Provider’ award, national quality audits by NJR are undertaken.

These monitor the data completeness and quality within the registry and scored RJAH at 97 per cent, which exceeds the 85 per cent target.

Steve White, Medical Director at RJAH, said: “Improving patient safety is of the upmost importance and something all our 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 and we’re delighted to be awarded as a ‘NJR Quality Data Provider’.

“If using new products, we try to do long-term surveillance with manufacturers to follow up in meticulous detail over many years. We go beyond compliance.

“I would encourage any patient with questions or concerns about implants being suggested for use in their procedures, to raise these at their next appointment.”

National Joint Registry medical director, Mr Martyn Porter, said: “Congratulations to colleagues at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital.

“The Quality Data Provider award demonstrates the high standards being met towards ensuring compliance with the NJR and is often a strong reflection of a departmental effort 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.

“It is clear that for surgeons and patients alike, the necessity for having accurate and complete data is an absolute requirement.

“The Quality Data Provider award continues to go from strength to strength and highlights the number of hospitals who are now fully engaged with the NJR’s data completeness programme.”

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