Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) is a national programme designed to improve the treatment and care of patients through in-depth review of services, benchmarking, and presenting a data-driven evidence base to support change.
The programme undertakes clinically-led reviews of specialties, combining wide-ranging data analysis with the input and professional knowledge of senior clinicians to examine 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.
GIRFT is part of an aligned set of programmes within NHS England. The programme has the backing of the Royal Colleges and professional associations and has a significant and growing presence on the Model Health System (Model Hospital) portal, with its data-rich approach providing the evidence for hospitals to benchmark against expected standards of service and efficiency.