The GIRFT Litigation workstream, led by John Machin, shares data on litigation costs with NHS trusts with the aim of working with clinicians and managers to determine how clinical practice could improve, reducing the potential for future litigation. Data on the surgical specialties has already been shared with trusts.

The litigation workstream is now being expanded to cover medical and clinical service workstreams, which will help drive the reduction of litigation across the NHS.

Kirsten Sidoti ( is the project manager for the litigation workstream.

Clinical Lead: John Machin

Specialist Registrar at Nottingham University Hospital, National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow

John is the Litigation Lead for GIRFT, working with the NHS Resolution and NHS Improvement to ensure patient care is improved from reviewing medical negligence claims. Responsible for publishing a range of scientific papers spanning clinical research, quality improvement and medical negligence, John has also co-authored and contributed to a number of national reports, including The Chavasse Report on improving armed forces and veteran care, and “Getting It Right First Time – National Review of Elective Orthopaedics”.

John is currently a National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow working as the joint programme lead for 7-Day Services in the five Urgent Network Services as part of the Urgent and Emergency Care Review at NHS England.

John holds an honours degree in Medical Sciences from Magdalen College, Oxford and completed his clinical training at UCL. He was awarded a Distinction in a Postgraduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Science, is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and a higher surgical trainee in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery.

John is involved in many of the current work streams.

Clinical Fellow: Cherrie Ho