Nuffield Health has today announced that it will become the first independent hospital provider to support the introduction of the UK’s National Ligament Register. Nuffield Health will encourage all Consultants to participate in the first registry of its kind.
The registry will allow providers, for the first time, to collect and analyse data about anterior cruciate ligament surgery (ACL), allowing surgeons to identify trends, track new developments and identify the best practice techniques. With rupture of the ACL such a common injury in sportspersons it is important to ensure that the outcome of surgical reconstruction is a good as it can be.
The NLR was initiated with the agreement of the British Association for Surgery of the Knee (BASK), the British Orthopaedic Sports Trauma and Arthroscopy Association (BOSTAA) and the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA), and has been developed by a group of surgeons with the aim of producing a registry where the data is managed by the surgeons who input the data.
Speaking ahead of today’s BASK conference in Norwich, where the NLR is reporting its first year results, Nuffield Health’s Medical Director, Mr Geoff Graham, said: Nuffield Health are delighted to be the first independent provider to support the introduction of the National Ligament Registry. The purpose, as with any registry, is to increase and enhance the quality of care we are able to offer our patients and therefore we will be encouraging all Nuffield Health surgeons to get involved.
Over the next few years, the audit will allow us to identify best practice in surgery, provide better quality data to patients about the types of procedures which will provide the most benefit to them, and also whittle out those procedures that are perhaps not providing the best results. Long term, the benefit to our patients will be significant and I hope, on this basis, that all providers and surgeons from both NHS and the private sector will get on board.
Sean O'Leary and Tim Spalding, Members of the NLR steering committee, said: “We support the initiative of Nuffield Health Group in bringing the National Ligament Registry to your attention. We have helped develop the registry, which is now supported and sponsored by BASK. Our aim is to get as many UK surgeons involved as possible, trying to obtain information on all ACL reconstructions performed in UK.”
In order to participate in the registry surgeons need to register both their own details and the details of their secretary or assistant responsible for booking patients. More information on how to do this is available on the NLR website: www.uknlr.co.uk - which also provides a wealth of information to patients on ACL injury and rehabilitation.