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Endocrinology teams can now access GIRFT data in the Model Health System

A compartment for GIRFT data on endocrine surgery and outpatients is the latest to be added to the Model Health System, enabling NHS teams working in the specialty to gauge their performance and make improvements.

More than 30 metrics for thyroidectomy, parathyroidectomy, adrenalectomy and pituitary surgery are available in the new compartment, offering data in areas such as admission rates, length of stay and day case rates. Metrics for endocrinology outpatients are also available in the endocrinology and diabetes compartments.

The data is available at site, provider, system and regional level, with the ability to compare performance against other providers and the national median.

To access GIRFT endocrinology data for your unit, log in to https://model.nhs.uk/ and navigate to ‘acute hospital services’ > Endocrine surgery.

Professor John Wass, GIRFT’s clinical lead for endocrinology, said: “We know from our work in trusts that there is an opportunity to improve patient outcomes by re-shaping endocrinology services to match those delivered in the best-performing centres. The publication of these metrics on the Model Health System allows trusts and systems to see how their performance compares with others, and to target improvements accordingly.

“I’d urge all colleagues to log in and see what their data is telling them, to help us shape the best possible service for our patients.”

Mark Lansdown, co-author of the national report, added: “Bringing data together from all specialties providing endocrine surgery services gives trusts a new opportunity for benchmarking and service improvement.”

GIRFT’s national report for endocrinology was published in 2021 outlining a series of 17 recommendations to improve services for patients and the workforce. The report, based on visits to 127 specialty teams across England, showed that the NHS had more than 625,000 endocrinology outpatient attendances annually in 2018/19 and the number was growing significantly year by year.

The report recommended that outpatient services could also be run more efficiently by making better use of pre-testing and remote appointments, and that employing more endocrine specialist nurses would significantly improve efficiency. It also recommends minimum numbers of procedures each surgeon should perform each year as there are clear volume/outcome relationships.

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