GIRFT spotlight at NHS ConfedExpo on moving further and faster in elective recovery

GIRFT Chair and NHSE’s National Director for Clinical Improvement and Elective Recovery, Professor Tim Briggs, will lead a learning theatre session at the 2024 NHS ConfedExpo conference in Manchester on how to create capacity and reduce patient waiting times.

Professor Briggs will present the GIRFT approach to reducing patient waiting times while also ensuring sustainable long-term improvements in how services and pathways are configured and managed, helping NHS trusts to create capacity through improved productivity.

The GIRFT session focuses on its Further Faster Programme, which aims to reduce the number of patients waiting over 52 weeks, using standardised pathways across 19 specialties, reducing length of stay and maximising day case surgery.

Professor Briggs will be joined in the NHS ConfedExpo session by Graham Lomax, GIRFT’s Director of Implementation, and John Finn, Deputy COO for NHS Devon.

NHS Devon will showcase how it has reduced spinal surgery waiting times by up to 80% for long-waiting patients through collaboration across multiple hospital sites, with additional surgical capacity created by the Nightingale Elective Surgical Hub.

Come along and take a seat at the GIRFT learning (improving outcomes) theatre at Manchester Central conference centre on June 12 at 11.50am. You will find us on the main exhibition floor. See the NHS ConfedExpo agenda here: Agenda 2024 

The GIRFT session will include discussion on key fundamentals in:

  • Maximising patient appointments (advice on reducing DNAs, implementing PIFU, and waiting list validation);
  • Meeting demand and capacity (super clinics, surgeon passporting, mutual aid, and standardising clinic templates); and
  • Enhancing elective surgery (utilising GIRFT best practice pathways, and improving region-wide capacity through elective surgical hubs, theatre productivity and increasing day case rates).

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