Getting it right first time (GIRFT)

Author(s): Dr Kath Halliday, Dr Giles Maskell, Gail Roadknight

Hospital: Getting It Right First Time

Reference: RAD Magazine, 45, 529, 24

Excerpt: 

Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) is a national programme designed to improve medical care within the NHS by reducing unwarranted variation. By tackling variations in the way services are delivered across the NHS, and by sharing best practice between trusts, GIRFT identifies changes that will help improve care and patient outcomes, as well as deliver efficiencies such as the reduction of unnecessary procedures and cost savings.

GIRFT began as a pilot within orthopaedic surgery led by orthopaedic surgeon Professor Tim Briggs and hosted by the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust (RNOH). Following the success of the pilot, the GIRFT methodology is being rolled out across 40 surgical and medical specialities, of which radiology is one, and is now a partnership between the RNOH and NHS Improvement (NHSI).

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