Professor Tim Briggs, Mr Vinay Takwale and Graham Lomax will present at the NOA webinar

Webinar to focus on GIRFT’s role in post-COVID recovery of elective surgery

A webinar hosted by the National Orthopaedic Alliance (NOA) is to outline the role of the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme in supporting the post-COVID recovery and transformation of elective surgery across London.

GIRFT chair Professor Tim Briggs CBE, who is also the National Director of Clinical Improvement for the NHS, will present alongside GIRFT clinical ambassador for London Vinay Takwale and deputy national delivery director Graham Lomax.

The webinar will look at how the programme has supported the orthopaedic specialty through the pandemic and how GIRFT methodology, clinical leadership and data scrutiny can now drive the adoption of best practice, leading to improvements in outcomes and productivity in the recovery phase.

The NOA webinar takes place on Wednesday, 3rd June, from 1pm to 2.15pm. Click here to register: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wOpwpvIoQqeiSr-C66ekMw

Meeting the challenges of COVID-19 – the London pilot

The GIRFT programme is playing a key role in helping the NHS re-start service delivery after the pandemic and to shape future pathways for elective services across London.

Through its specialty reviews and visits to trusts, the programme has continually highlighted unwarranted variation which exists nationally. Using its data-driven insight, GIRFT is now supporting trusts and clinical teams in the London region to work together across Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) to eliminate variation and embed recognised best practice.

Work has already begun in orthopaedic surgery as well as ophthalmology, to harness the collaboration and rapid mobilisation seen during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure positive change in the future. This work is expected to be repeated across a further five surgical specialties in general surgery, urology, ENT, spinal surgery, and gynaecology. 

GIRFT is delivering training to ensure that co-ordinators in each London ICS understand the GIRFT methodology and the data for their specialty, and can share productivity opportunities and best practice pathways with the aim of harmonising clinical practice across each ICS.

Post-event: A recording of the webinar is now available on the NOA website. Click here to view

1 June 2020