Trusts in GIRFT Further Faster pilot demonstrate success in reducing 52-week waits

Since July 2023, GIRFT has been working with a group of 25 NHS trusts in England on a ‘Further Faster’ pilot, bringing together teams of highly-engaged clinicians and operational colleagues with the challenge of collectively going further and faster to reduce 52-week waits.

Data from the pilot shows that from October to mid-November 2023 the total 52-week backlog for all participating trusts reduced from 93.2% to 84.4% (by 9.8%), in comparison with a reduction among all other trusts from 105.5% to 103.9% (1.6%). This equates to a 19.5% difference in total backlog reductions between the pilot group and all other trusts since the Further Faster programme began.

GIRFT has since onboarded a further 24 trusts in a second Further Faster cohort, supporting them to follow the same methodology of networking and utilising case studies, innovations and best practice identified to help reduce 52-week waits.

With a view to sharing this learning and success more widely across the NHS, we have also now created:

  • Further Faster Regional Handbooks: specialty-based guidance featuring regional data and a checklist of good practice. These have been shared to trusts, and are available via the Further Faster FutureNHS workspace (registration required).
  • Further Faster Master Handbooks: specialty-based guidance with checklists and links to associated resources, available on the GIRFT FutureNHS workspace for all to view.


More information on Further Faster, including which specialties are included, can be found on the GIRFT Further Faster webpage.

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