Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) is a national NHS programme designed to improve the treatment and care of patients. Each specialty undergoes a ‘deep dive’ review which examines it’s current services to see how things are currently being done and how they could be improved.
”Working to the principle that a patient should expect to receive equally timely and effective investigations, treatment and outcomes wherever care is delivered, irrespective of who delivers that care, GIRFT aims to identify approaches from across the NHS that improve outcomes and patient experience, without the need for radical change or additional investment.”
The GIRFT report on Endocrinology has just been published. Professor John Wass, GIRFT clinical lead for endocrinology, visited 126 trusts and has made 17 recommendations designed to improve our treatment and care. In particular, we are delighted to see the following recommendation:
That, in order to ensure the best outcomes for patients, trusts should work collaboratively and/or in networks to ensure that patients requiring complex or rarely performed surgical procedures are directed only to surgeons with appropriate training and experience.
Read the full report on Endocrinology here;
We thank Professor Wass and his team for their work on this important document and hope that his insightful recommendations will be implemented to ensure the improvement of our experience and outcomes.