GIRFT and patient safety in the surgery sector

25 Feb 2021
Patient Safety & IPC

The NHS is delivering world class outcomes in some places, but not all. For the past five years, the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme has been working to drive continuous improvement across the NHS by using data to identify unwarranted variation and sharing best practice between trusts.

The programme has seen improvement in outcomes and a reduction in unwarranted variation across all surgical specialties as a result.

GIRFT has long highlighted the need for improved, patient-centred, clinician-led device surveillance, and has made great strides in achieving this for orthopaedics. Now the programme wants to see those results across other specialties.

As GIRFT chair and senior clinical advisor to the new Medical Device Safety Programme (MDSP), Professor Briggs will be working to enhance data collection to provide further evidence for the efficacy of the medical devices and implants we use.

Working in partnership with other NHS organisations and the medical device industry, the aim of the MDSP is to drive patient safety, with better use of digital technology to track and monitor medical devices, and new systems to analyse outcomes.

Professor Briggs will also present on how we can learn from GIRFT’s work in reshaping elective surgery in London in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as sharing the programme’s work on Surgical Site Infections and litigation, with a demonstration of the impact GIRFT has had on reducing litigation claims in orthopaedic surgery. 

Tim Briggs, Chair of GIRFT and National Director of Clinical Improvement for the NHS - GIRFT and NHS