National Joint Registry for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man NJR
About the NJR
The National Joint Registry (NJR) for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man collects information on joint replacement surgery and monitors the performance of joint replacement implants. It was set up in 2002 by the Department of Health and Welsh Government, Northern Ireland joined in 2013 and the Isle of Man in July 2015.
Hip, knee, ankle, elbow and shoulder joint replacements have become common and highly successful operations that bring many patients improved mobility and relief from pain. Thousands of such operations take place in the UK every year.
A wide range of implants can be used in the joint replacement operations. The registry helps to monitor the performance of these implants and the effectiveness of different types of surgery, improving clinical standards and benefiting patients, clinicians and the orthopaedic sector as a whole. The NJR currently collects data on all hip, knee, ankle, elbow and shoulder joint replacements across the NHS and independent healthcare sector.
In 2008 (1 April), the management of the NJR was transferred from the Department of Health to the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP), a consortium comprising the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the Royal College of Nursing and National Voices.