What we are doing
The National Hip Fracture Database (NHFD) is a clinically led web-based audit of hip fracture care and secondary prevention in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It collects data on all patients admitted to hospital with hip and femoral fractures aiming to improve their care through auditing which is fed back to hospitals through targeted reports and online reporting.
Launched in 2007, the NHFD improves quality of care for hip and femoral fractures, particularly collaborative care. Now patients are far more likely to have both medical and surgical needs addressed early and effectively. As a result, patients proceed promptly to surgery; and the early identification and treatment of medical problems allows earlier rehabilitation, which promotes independence and an earlier return home.
The publication of the NHFD annual report is now moving into its eleventh year and has its widest coverage yet, documenting casemix, care and outcomes of over 65,000 cases from all 182 eligible acute hospitals. With over half a million records, it is the most extensive hip fracture audit in the world.