Emergency medicine

The Clinical Leads for the emergency medicine workstream were appointed on 20th June 2017, with the endorsement of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine. You can read more about the appointments here. The emergency medicine workstream is managed by Darren Best (darren.best1@nhs.net)

Joint Clinical Lead: Dr Christopher Moulton

Consultant in emergency medicine at the Royal Bolton Hospital and Vice President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine

Joint Clinical Lead: Dr Clifford Mann OBE

Consultant in emergency medicine at the Taunton and Somerset Hospital, National Clinical Adviser on A&E to NHS England and Immediate Past President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Clifford Mann was appointed an Officer of the Order (OBE) in the 2018 New Year’s Honours list for services to emergency medicine.

Dr Clifford Mann: “On the face of it there is a lot of disparity between trusts, but GIRFT looks at the resources and the outcomes to provide a much fairer picture of where we should be learning from, so we have a level playing field.

GIRFT will illuminate many of the key issues A&E departments face, but it will be fair to staff and patients in understanding the challenges, the resources available and the outcomes. This will help trusts and the NHS make more informed choices about investment and spending.”

Dr Tajek B Hassan, President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine: “The College is very aware of the variation in staffing, facilities and practices between emergency departments. These differences – often linked to chronic under-resourcing – can be for a number of reasons, some of which are poorly understood.

The GIRFT programme has been set up to firstly better clarify and then to address this variation so that we can ensure safe and sustainable emergency care in all areas. Our College will be working closely with the two GIRFT clinical leads for Emergency Medicine in order to bring about improvements that will deliver long-term benefits for both patients and staff.”

Project Manager: Darren Best