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National joint report brands almost half NHS trusts as ‘red’

Many hospitals could be putting the long-term safety of joint replacement patients at risk, according to a report from the National Joint Registry (NJR) of England and Wales.

The NJR report reveals that 40 per cent of NHS trusts and health boards failed to comply with the mandatory submission of data, submitting less than 79 per cent of their outcomes data for hip and knee replacement operations performed in 2011.

The failure to comply means the NJR have rated these trusts and health boards as ‘red’ in the NJR’s ‘traffic light’ classification system, where the other categories are amber and green.

The Department of Health made NJR compliance mandatory from 1 April 2011. The new report covers the period 1 January to 31 December 2011.

Commenting on the findings, CSP professional adviser Ruth ten Hove said: ‘While there isn’t a national register for physiotherapy data, the findings of this report do resonate with CSP guidance to members about the importance of completing  data sets for patients, in order to show impact, effectiveness and value for money.

‘We need to continue to work towards collection of data for individual patients becoming the norm in physiotherapy practice.’

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