Eight leading clinicians appointed to GIRFT programme

The Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme has appointed eight more leading clinicians to join its national review of 35 medical and surgical specialties.

Four consultants have been appointed to lead on reviews for surgical and medical specialties in plastic surgery and burns, trauma surgery, outpatient services, and mental health services. A further two consultants have been appointed as clinical advisors to the plastic surgery and burns workstream,  along with two consultants as clinical advisors to support the radiology workstream. This brings the number of clinicians appointed to lead the GIRFT specialty reviews to 55.

Professor Tim Briggs, Chair of GIRFT and National Director of Clinical Quality and Efficiency at NHS Improvement, said:

“I am delighted to welcome eight renowned clinical appointees – our clinical leads and advisors are all equipped with the expertise and knowledge to provide in-depth knowledge for their individual specialties. The GIRFT programme is building bridges by having clinical leaders who not only understand the challenges ahead, but are also committed to providing real solutions and providing long lasting benefits to improving better patient outcomes and efficiencies across the NHS hospitals in England.”

The appointments are endorsed by the British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS), the British Burn Association, the British Orthopaedic Association and the Royal College of Psychiatrists giving support and leverage to these clinical specialty leaders.

The GIRFT clinical leads visit trusts and examine trust data to look at variations and differences across areas such as effective procedures and treatments, length of hospital stay, patient care management and costs.  They work with trust clinical teams and managers to explore the challenges they face, and to understand the variations and what needs to be done to address them. The GIRFT leads also oversee the creation of a national report into their specialty which provides detailed evidence of the benefits of proposed improvements and sets out a range of recommendations to improve patient care and outcomes.

The new appointments are: (Click on the workstream titles for further details)

  1. Mental Health >

 Clinical Lead: Dr Sridevi Kalidindi – Consultant Rehabilitation Psychiatrist and recent past Associate Medical Director at the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Kalidindi said: “The Get It Right First Time workstream in mental health rehabilitation, provides an enormous, long overdue, opportunity to upgrade rehabilitation services nationally.  Improved patient experience and outcomes along with enhanced system functioning, is at the heart of this programme”.

  1. Orthopaedic Trauma >

Clinical Lead: Mr Bob Handley – consultant for Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery at the John Radcliffe hospital, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Trauma and Orthopaedics at the University of Oxford.

Mr Handley said: “Our aim is to get it right the first time and even better the next. That aim is backed by a belief that over all good treatment costs less than bad, and that standardisation of practice will bring resilience to the system. I look forward to playing a part in bringing GIRFT to my field of Orthopaedic Trauma.”

  1. Plastic Surgery and Burns >

Clinical Lead: Mr Ken Dunn – Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon at the Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. He is Director of the Manchester Burns Service and has an honorary appointment to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

Mr Dunn said: “I am delighted to be able to bring my interest in population needs based health provision to burn care and plastic surgery within the GIRFT programme.  The many interface relationships with other specialities make the work challenging but these offer significant potential benefits for patients and the NHS.”

Senior Clinical Advisor: Mr Jonathan Hobby – Consultant Hand & Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and currently an associate medical director for transformation, focusing on theatre productivity.

Senior Clinical Advisor: Mr James Bedford – Consultant Plastic and Hand Surgeon working across Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, and governance lead for plastic surgery.

  1. Outpatient Services >

Clinical Lead: Mr John Hadley – Consultant ENT surgeon at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Surrey County Hospital.

Mr Hadley said: “I have experienced the GIRFT deep dive in a number of clinical specialties and witnessed the power of this clinician led process. I am delighted to have the opportunity to be the Clinical Lead for the outpatients review. Outpatients is the one area of clinical practice where all patients attend. There are many exciting opportunities to improve the patient experience, including harnessing the benefits afforded by new digital technologies. I am looking forward to working with colleagues to make the opportunities a reality.”

  1. Radiology >

Senior Clinical Advisors: Dr Tim Taylor and Dr Giles Maskell, have been jointly appointed to work with the Clinical Lead Dr Kath Halliday for the radiology workstream.

Dr Tim Taylor is Consultant Neuroradiologist at Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust.

Dr Giles Maskell is Consultant Radiologist at Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust.

12 July 2018