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Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon Mike Reed is a specialist in trauma, hip and knee arthritis including revision joint replacements, at the Northumbria NHS Healthcare Foundation Trust.
Mike is one of several leads across the NHS who has used Patient Reported Outcomes Measures (PROMs) data to inform medical practice across their trust.
The Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) produces regular PROMs publications that assess patients' health before and after non-emergency treatment for knee and hip replacements, varicose veins and groin hernia. The publications and underlying data are used by trusts across the country to improve the quality of care.
PROMs data for 2009/10 and 2010/11 showed that Northumbria NHS Healthcare Foundation Trust was below the national average for health gains (the difference in PROMs score after treatment compared to before) related to hip and knee replacement surgery. To make improvements to clinical outcomes, they used PROMs data in a variety of ways to make changes in four key areas.