Join our webinars to hear about new guidance to help tackle demand for outpatient appointments

Registration is now open for a series of Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) webinars, showing trainee, surgical and medical colleagues how to make the most of new outpatient guidance.

GIRFT is working closely with the Outpatient Recovery and Transformation (OPRT) programme to highlight actions services can take to tackle escalating demand for outpatient appointments.

New Clinically-led specialty outpatient guidance pulls together concise summaries of condition-specific advice for the 12 surgical and medical specialties with the highest number of +78 week waits (*listed below), as well as offering a support focus on common themes and challenges in the outpatient department, such as remote consultation, reducing DNAs, and driving patient initiated follow-up (PIFU).

A series of three webinars has now been scheduled to support this guidance:

Trainee webinar: Monday, 21st November (5.30pm-6.45pm). RegisterSpeakers include:

  • Professor Tim Briggs – Chair of GIRFT and NHS England National Director of Clinical Improvement
  • Stella Vig – NHS England national clinical director for elective care
  • Sue Moore – NHS director for outpatient recovery and transformation
  • Beverly Oates – GIRFT clinical lead for gastroenterology
  • John McGrath – GIRFT joint clinical lead for urology


Surgical webinar: Tuesday, 6th December (5pm-6.30pm). Register. For colleagues working in ENT, general surgery, gynaecology, ophthalmology, oral maxillofacial surgery, orthopaedics, spinal surgery and spinal pain, and urology. Agenda to be confirmed.

Medical webinar: Thursday, 8th December (5pm-6.30pm). RegisterFor colleagues working in cardiology, dermatology, gastroenterology and neurology. Agenda to be confirmed.

These sessions offer the opportunity for colleagues to ask specific questions of our clinical leaders, with the aim of improving their working lives, improving training opportunities for the future workforce and improving the care delivered to patients.

*Specialties included in the guidance are:

Cardiology, dermatology, ENT, gastroenterology, general surgery, gynaecology, neurology, ophthalmology, oral maxillofacial surgery, orthopaedics, spinal surgery and spinal pain, and urology.

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