PROGRAMME UPDATE

Winter 2020

When the COVID-19 crisis began in March, GIRFT took steps to support trusts as much as possible, pausing face to face visits and redeploying staff while our work continued behind the scenes.

As the NHS began resuming services we were able to increase the pace of our core work and, where there has been the capacity and desire from trusts to do so, we have offered virtual deep dive meetings for our specialty workstreams.

Virtual deep dives have proved successful and there has been strong engagement from trusts in many of our workstreams.

However, we understand trusts have ongoing operational challenges as a result of COVID, and there is no pressure to take part.

GIRFT’s model of analysing data to uncover best practice means our clinical leads can identify ideal service pathways and provide case studies for trusts to adapt to their own needs. We are in a strong position to help specialties refocus within the constraints of COVID, adopting changes that did not seem possible before the pandemic.

We will be in touch with trusts to arrange virtual deep dive meetings. Or you can email us at [email protected] if you would like to request a virtual visit for your specialty.


Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) is an NHS improvement programme delivered in partnership with the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust.

Getting It Right First Time is designed to improve the quality of care within the NHS by reducing unwarranted variations.

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 delivering efficiencies such as the reduction of unnecessary procedures and cost savings.

Importantly, GIRFT is led by frontline clinicians who are expert in the areas they are reviewing. This means the data that underpins the GIRFT methodology is being reviewed by people who understand those disciplines and manage those services on a daily basis. The GIRFT team visit every trust carrying out the specialties they are reviewing, investigating the data with their peers and discussing the individual challenges they face.

Click here to watch a short video introduction to what GIRFT does >