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National Joint Registry of England and Wales – Appointment of new Steering Committee Chair

13th April 2011

The Department of Health has appointed Mrs Laurel Powers-Freeling to serve as the new Chair of the National Joint Registry Steering Committee from 1 April 2011, after an open competition moderated by the Appointments Commission.

The appointment follows the resignation of Mr Bill Darling in November 2009, since when Vice Chairman Professor Paul Gregg held the post of Acting Chair.

Commenting on Mrs Powers-Freeling’s appointment, NHS Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh said:

“I am delighted with the appointment of Laura Powers-Freeling to the National Joint Registry. She is a very experienced Chair and will ensure that a strong patient and public perspective supports the impressive work of the medical and surgical specialists on the Registry and its Steering Committee. As we work to develop the contribution of national clinical audits and registries to quality improvement activity across the NHS, the lay voice is becoming ever more important.”

Mrs Powers-Freeling said:

"I look forward to working with the National Joint Registry as it continues to build on its extensive participation and extend its scope.  Having experienced a successful hip replacement myself, I appreciate the important source of data and insights the NJR provides to medical and surgery professionals, and the contribution good information makes to quality and effectiveness of care for joint replacement recipients."


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