Our response to COVID-19

Published: 17 Mar 2020

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Last update: 9 October 2020

Impact of COVID-19 on NCAPOP

July 2020: NHS England & NHS Improvement and the Welsh government have produced Stepping back up of key reporting and management functions guidance (click link to access document). This is in keeping with Stage 2 of the Government’s Covid-19 recovery planning. The relevant HQIP project team (associate director/project manager) will be in contact with NCAPOP providers to agree next steps.

March 2020: HQIP, NHS England & NHS Improvement and the Welsh government produced this guidance for NCAPOP providers (click link to access document) regarding the impact of COVID-19 on national clinical audit. The guidance was updated on 2 April 2020 with the final confirmed statement from NHS England & NHS Improvement.

NCAPOP reports schedule

The schedule for NCAPOP reports is subject to alterations as the health system prioritises activity relating to the Covid-19 pandemic. Reports will be published as soon as possible but we are unable to confirm exact dates at this stage.

Data Access Requests

New and existing applications and subsequent data releases may be delayed as we prioritise urgent COVID–19 requests.

Update from the National Joint Registry: Covid-19 and the suspension of elective surgery

Following NHSE wider notification to hospitals of the gradual resumption of elective surgery and associated audit activity in order to support NHS recovery as the Covid-19 pandemic lessens, the National Joint Registry advises data entry staff in all NHS and independent hospitals where joint surgery has resumed, that data entry capture should also resume as normal, in accordance with the volumes of procedures performed.

It is also important that the reduced volumes of arthroplasty procedures that have taken place over the past four months are correctly recorded on the NJR. These are likely to be small numbers of urgent and emergency procedures, but it is essential that we are able to monitor the outcomes of these patients through the NJR’s usual monitoring procedures. We therefore ask that hospitals review their surgical caseload over this period to ensure that any missed cases are entered retrospectively onto the NJR.

For patients: the British Orthopaedic Association has helpfully published some Frequently Asked Questions for patients, which they will keep updated as the coronavirus situation unfolds.

Our working arrangements

All our employees are working remotely for the time being. We’re using video conferencing services for our internal and external meetings.

As our headquarters building has closed, we will not be processing any letters or invoices that have been posted to us since March 17 2020. All correspondence should be emailed to the relevant department. If you have posted mail to us since March 17, please be sure to email the relevant department with an electronic version of what you sent or email [email protected]

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