British Spine Registry hits landmark achievement with 1 millionth form completed

With the advent of cheaper simpler solutions that new technology brings, clinical societies are now embracing the opportunity that a registry brings, of being able to monitor the efficacy of procedures and compare like for like outcomes.

One such group is the British Association of Spine Surgeons.  They created the British Spine Registry in May 2012.

They deployed an electronic and mostly automated system, which enables spinal consultants to collect a wide remit of data on their patients for relatively little time or effort, making the registry one of the most successful platforms capturing spinal clinical outcomes data in the UK.

So successful in fact that this month, with nearly 118,000 patients in the registry, the British Spine Registry has seen its 1 millionth form submitted.

This landmark occasion has celebrated not only the immense time and effort that was put into the creation of the initial platform, but also the effort of its members to participate and contribute to the registry.

In designing the platform, the solution had to be fit for purpose and suit the requirements of BASS, whilst simultaneously meeting the needs of the clinicians adopting the platform.

Key to the continuing success of the registry is the ongoing commitment to the continued development of the solution, so that ultimately, meaningful research can be obtained well into the future.

“We are really pleased with the up-take of the British Spine Registry by our colleagues.  They have seized the opportunity to propel spinal surgery forward and ensure that the best possible treatment option and quality of care is delivered to the patient.”  Mike Hutton, BSR Chairman.

The most recent developments to the British Spine Registry have seen the inclusion of a funnel plot module.  Each surgeon’s overall performance, measured by their patient’s average improvement, is displayed on a funnel plot, that enables them to compare their individual performance against all the other users of the registry.  (All other performance figures are anonymised).

This module allows a clinician to be mindful of their own performance and look for ways to improve if they find their performance is below average, assisting continued personal development.

The BSR has also used the same technology partner to build a new referral platform.  The Refer-Back platform allows hospital departments, which normally refer to specialist spinal centres via phone, to refer via an online system.  The Refer-Back system offers the security of a platform hosted on an NHS N3 server, the effectiveness of an instant notification system and the reassurance of an auditable referral trail, to add to patient notes or to review at a future date if questions are raised about the patient’s treatment.

These are all innovative solutions being adopted by the NHS to improve the quality of care delivered and lower the overall costs associated with the higher demands being faced.  To learn more about the British Spine Registry or for additional information on Amplitude Clinical Outcomes, the technology partner providing these software innovations to the BSR, call 0333 014 6363 or email



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