New GIRFT lead to follow-up on cardiothoracic report

The Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme has welcomed a new clinician to lead its work in helping to improve cardiothoracic surgery services across England. Doug West, who has been a consultant thoracic surgeon at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust since 2011, replaces David Richens as GIRFT’s clinical lead for cardiothoracic surgery. Mr […]

MBE for GIRFT diabetes joint lead

Professor Gerry Rayman, one of the joint clinical leads of the Getting It Right First Time programme’s diabetes workstream, has been awarded membership of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the New Year Honours list 2020. Professor Rayman, a consultant physician at East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust, is […]

More sight-saving surgery possible, says national report

A national report into ophthalmology services recommends all trusts perform routine cataract surgery in 30 minutes or less, allowing even more patients to have vision-restoring treatment. Making the best use of hospital theatre time allocated for routine cataract surgery will enable more patients to be treated, and more quickly, according the latest national report from […]

Project aims to empower diabetes patients

GIRFT is starting work on a new 18-month project aimed at improving the perioperative pathway of diabetes patients undergoing surgery. The IP3D project (Improving the Perioperative Pathway of Patients with Diabetes) initially aims to support 16 trusts in England to implement a care pathway which empowers the patient in both preparing for surgery and throughout […]