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Four more surgical hubs successfully accredited as part of GIRFT scheme

Four more elective surgical hubs have been awarded accreditation as part of a GIRFT scheme to ensure the highest standards in clinical and operational practice.

The hubs, which exclusively perform planned surgery, bring together the skills and expertise of staff under one roof, with protected facilities and theatres. They are helping to deliver shorter waits for surgery. The hub beds are designated for patients waiting for planned surgical procedures, and are protected from emergency admissions, reducing the risk of short-notice cancellations.

The four newly accredited hubs are:

  • Moorfields City Road Campus – Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Moorfields St Ann’s Hospital – Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Chelsea and Westminster Elective Surgical Hub – Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Elective Surgical Hub – Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust

This brings the total number of hubs accredited to 35 since the scheme began in March 2023. There are around 100 hubs currently in operation, with a further 33 expected to become operational over the next 18 months.

The accreditation scheme, run by the GIRFT programme in collaboration with the Royal College of Surgeons of England, assesses hubs against a framework of standards to help hubs deliver faster access to some of the most common surgical procedures such as cataract surgeries and hip replacements. It also seeks to assure patients about the high standards of clinical care provided by the hubs.

Accreditation is not mandatory, but it offers hubs external recognition that they work to a defined set of clinical and operational standards. The scheme is being rolled out nationally, with quarterly cohorts to accredit all hubs over the next two years.

Surgical hubs, which are separated from emergency services, are part of plans nationally to increase capacity for elective care with more dedicated operating theatres and beds.

The GIRFT team assess the hubs against key clinical and operational domains:

  • The patient pathway
  • Staff and training
  • Clinical governance and outcomes
  • Facilities and ring-fencing
  • Utilisation and productivity

"All of the sites we accredited are focused on providing an excellent patient experience. GIRFT’s focus is on developing surgical hubs with the aim of improving patient flow so that patients have shorter waits for surgery, will be more likely to be able to go home on the same day, and have a better patient experience. We want to provide the assurance for patients and staff that these sites are delivering safe and high-quality care now and will continue to accelerate their progress and productivity in the future.”

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