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GIRFT cardiology data now available as new Model Health System compartment goes live

NHS cardiology teams in England can now access GIRFT data for the specialty via the Model Health System, allowing them to gauge their performance and see where they might improve.

More than 70 metrics covering emergency percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) and electrophysiology procedures such as pacemaker insertion and ablations are included in the new compartment, as well as contextual information like numbers of elective admissions under the care of a cardiologist, outpatient attendances and the utilisation rate for patient-initiated follow up (PIFU).

Data can be viewed at three levels; by system (ICB or cardiology network), provider or individual site, with comparisons possible between them.

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

“GIRFT is about supporting colleagues to deliver the best in treatment and care for their patients. This important data, now available on the Model Health System, can help teams to easily see variation and gaps in provision and work out how best to address them, supporting them to deliver improved outcomes for thousands of patients each year.”

Cardiology is one of the largest medical specialties in the NHS; more than 6m people are living with cardiovascular disease (CVD) and it is accountable for more than a quarter of all deaths.

The GIRFT national report for cardiology was published in 2021, following deep dive visits to trusts providing cardiology services across the country. The report outlined 25 key recommendations for improving access to care, delivering a comprehensive multidisciplinary service, developing the workforce, and transforming outpatient care.

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