Annual progress: Data completeness and quality

About the key indicators of data quality and completeness

It is mandatory for the following providers of joint replacement surgery to collect and submit data to the NJR:

  • all NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts within NHS England
  • all NHS Wales hospitals
  • all hospitals in Northern Ireland performing Health and Social Care Northern Ireland (HSCNI) funded procedures
  • all independent sector hospitals in England and Wales

Performance against the three key indicators of data quality (compliance, consent, and linkability) has been variable over the last year and the monitoring of, and support to, orthopaedic units has been maintained at a high level.  Unit-level performance against these key indicators is provided in Part Four of the report, available as a PDF download from the right-hand side of the page.

This data is also provided through the NJR StatsOnline service, and in a standard annual clinical report provided to Trust and Health Board chief executives and independent healthcare companies.

With the move from a levy to a subscription model and the difficulties encountered in obtaining data from the NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre (NHS HSCIC), it is not possible to provide an overall figure for compliance for the financial year 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015.  This is explained more fully under the ‘Compliance’ section.