Surgical Site Infection Audit

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Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) is a national clinician-led programme designed to improve the quality of medical care within the NHS by reducing unwarranted variations. As part of this programme we have set up the Surgical Site Infection (SSI) Audit.

The audit has been established to:

  • Identify the surgical site infection rates of specific procedures within key surgical specialties
  • Assess local practice in the prevention of surgical site infection for the specified procedures

We are inviting doctors at any stage of training to act as local trust leads in charge of data collection and submission for their specialty of interest. The specialties included in the audit are:

  • Breast Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Cranial Neurosurgery
  • Ear Nose and Throat
  • General Surgery
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Paediatric Surgery
  • Spinal Surgery
  • Urology
  • Vascular Surgery

To learn more about the audit, you can access a recorded webinar (click here).

The briefing pack, data collection templates and supporting documents are available for download now on the right side of this page.

If you’d like to be part of this audit, please register your interest by completing the form below by the end of Friday 28 July 2017. Confirmation of your involvement and further supporting information will be sent out by 1 Aug 2017.

Availability for data collection:

Present date – 1 August 2017Present date – 31 October 20172 August 2017 - 31 October 2017

Information submitted will be shared with your organisation and relevant parties in NHS Improvement and the GIRFT Programme, but used for the sole purpose of informing the GIRFT SSI audit.

We will hold the information contained in the form until 30 April 2018. After this time the information will be disposed of confidentially and securely.

If you have any queries, please email:

Joint Clinical Lead: Professor Tim Briggs

Consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, GIRFT Programme Chair, National Director for Clinical Quality and Efficiency for the NHS

Joint Clinical Lead: Junie Wong

GIRFT SSI Audit Lead and National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow NHS Improvement

Project Manager: Allison Beal