COVID-19 INFORMATION

In view of the current situation with COVID-19, many of the clinical staff working for the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme are returning to frontline care and other staff are being redeployed.

We are therefore cancelling all scheduled deep dive visits with trusts until further notice.

Our data packs with key recommendations to action are still available to share with any trusts that would like them. Please contact the relevant specialty project manager to request these – see our Workstreams page for contact details.

This position will be regularly reviewed and our team will be back in contact once deep dives can be resumed.

Thank you for your understanding – it is imperative during this time that we support our colleagues in the NHS, as well as patients, to help the system through this crisis.


Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) is an NHS improvement programme delivered in partnership with the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust.

Getting It Right First Time is designed to improve the quality of care within the NHS by reducing unwarranted variations.

By tackling variations in the way services are delivered across the NHS, and by sharing best practice between trusts, GIRFT identifies changes that will help improve care and patient outcomes, as well as delivering efficiencies such as the reduction of unnecessary procedures and cost savings.

Importantly, GIRFT is led by frontline clinicians who are expert in the areas they are reviewing. This means the data that underpins the GIRFT methodology is being reviewed by people who understand those disciplines and manage those services on a daily basis. The GIRFT team visit every trust carrying out the specialties they are reviewing, investigating the data with their peers and discussing the individual challenges they face.

Click here to watch a short video introduction to what GIRFT does >