New GIRFT metrics on the Model Hospital

More than 300 people tuned in to a masterclass webinar to learn more about making the most of new metrics from the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme, now featured on Model Hospital.

GIRFT’s chair and the NHS National Director of Clinical Improvement, Professor Tim Briggs, and GIRFT’s senior business intelligence manager, Jamey Barron, joined the director of Model Hospital, David Ashby, and Model Hospital principal analyst, Chris Parkin, to present the hour-long session on understanding and navigating the new metrics.

The Model Hospital and GIRFT teams are working together to provide trust-level data in alignment with the GIRFT workstreams. This currently includes the previously released orthopaedic surgery and general surgery data with an additional five GIRFT workstreams and metrics now released – urology, vascular surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, spinal surgery and oral and maxillofacial surgery. ENT, neurosurgery and ophthalmology will be added over the coming weeks.

The masterclass talked viewers through how to analyse and benchmark the variation between trusts in terms of key clinical measures, and how to use the Model Hospital to gain a deeper understanding of trust performance and opportunities for improvement.

Professor Briggs said: “This is a very exciting development – the opportunity to drive change at pace. Trusts will be able to use this evidence to change practice and therefore ensure the best possible outcomes for patients. It’s a fantastic example of organisations working together to present one version of the truth.”

Jamey Barron added: “The addition of these GIRFT metrics marks the culmination of a lot of hard work from the GIRFT analyst teams, working in collaboration with the team at the Model Hospital and the IT Build teams. I would like to thank the whole network of people for their efforts in creating this invaluable tool and making the content available in the drive for NHS improvement.”

The Model Hospital presents the most up-to-date data available to the NHS on a number of subject areas and is available to anyone who works within NHS trusts, from board to ward, as well as arm’s length bodies.

A recording of the webinar is available by registering here

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