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Orthopaedic team at St Albans City Hospital awarded for commitment to patient safety

Posted: 4 June 2021

Picture of orthopaedic team  in an operating theatre with award

West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust’s (WHHT) orthopaedic team at St Albans City Hospital is celebrating after being named as a National Joint Registry (NJR) Quality Data Provider.

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 industry.

Hospitals are required to meet a series of six ambitious targets during the audit period 2018/19 to achieve the certificate, which the team at St Albans successfully completed.

The achievement is strong reflection of the orthopaedic team’s effort to improve commitment to patient safety as well as a reflection of their high standards.

Tomoko Iohara, orthopaedic scrub sister (pictured with her team) said: “Improving patient safety is of the upmost importance and something all staff take very seriously. We’re delighted to be awarded as an NJR Quality Data Provider.”

National Joint Registry medical director, Mr Tim Wilton, said: “Congratulations to colleagues at St Albans City 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.”


  1. For more information, please contact the communications team on: 01923 436280 or email: Out of hours, please call the Watford General Hospital switchboard on 01923 244366 and ask for the on call communications manager.
  2. West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust serves people from across Hertfordshire, north London and further afield. It operates from three hospitals; Watford General, St Albans City and Hemel Hempstead. The trust has a catchment area of over 500,000 people and is one of the largest employers locally, with around 5,000 staff and volunteers.
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