June 2020

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak GIRFT paused all face to face deep dive visits to trusts while our team supported the wider NHS.

As we move forwards, we are now receiving requests to complete visits virtually and are able to offer this for some specialties where trusts have the capacity.

Visits would replicate the format of a GIRFT deep dive, with data packs shared on screen and trust-level recommendations to action. 

Please email us at if you would like to request a virtual visit for your specialty. We look forward to hearing from you.

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 >