Professor Tim Briggs on the launch of the MDSP

GIRFT to harness technology to improve medical devices safety

A clinically-led partnership will see the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme working with other NHS organisations to enable better use of technology to improve patient safety in the use of medical devices.

Following early discovery work, the Medical Device Safety Programme (MDSP) has been established to:

  • accelerate the adoption of digital technology to improve the tracking and monitoring of medical devices in real time;
  • establish a new information system and associated infrastructure to collect, link and analyse outcomes by procedure, including details of any medical devices or implants used, and the clinicians involved;
  • analyse outcomes data to drive improvements in patient care and safety.

GIRFT will be launching the MDSP with a lunchtime webinar on 27th January. Click here to register.

While much of the work began before the publication of last year’s Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review, led by Baroness Cumberlege, the new MDSP will help address the review’s recommendations around collecting the right data for monitoring the safety of medical devices and establishing outcome registries.

Following an announcement by health minister Nadine Dorries MP, GIRFT will lead on developing outcome registries for all relevant specialties, utilising in particular data from the Medical Devices Information System (hosted by NHS Digital) and Scan4Safety. The work will build on the experience of exemplar registries like the National Joint Registry (NJR) and clinical data evaluation groups such as Orthopaedic Device Evaluation Panel (ODEP) and Beyond Compliance in orthopaedics, which have already demonstrated the ability to avoid patient harm, improve outcomes and reduce re-intervention.

Working across the NHS and the medical device industry, the aim of the MDSP is to drive patient safety, as well as supporting novel procedures and future innovation.

Professor Briggs said: “GIRFT has long highlighted the need for improved, patient-centred, clinician-led device surveillance, and has made great strides in achieving this for orthopaedics. Now we want to see those results across other specialties.

“It is crucial that patients have the assurances they need that they’re being treated with the best and safest medical devices available, for clinicians to have actionable data to provide assurance and make improvements, and for companies to have real-world data to optimise innovation.”

GIRFT’s MDSP webinar takes place on Wednesday, 27th January, 2021, from noon to 1pm, with speakers including:

  • Professor Tim Briggs: GIRFT chair, NHS national director of clinical improvement, and senior clinical advisor to the MDSP
  • Scott Pryde: GIRFT senior advisor for medical device safety
  • Jon Boyle: vice president of the Vascular Society and prior National Vascular Registry (NVR) clinical lead
  • Tim Wilton: medical director and vice chairman of the National Joint Registry
  • Sarah Clarke and Simon Ray: GIRFT cardiology clinical leads
  • Mike Hutton: GIRFT spinal surgery clinical lead

To learn more about the MDSP, register for the webinar here.

14 January 2021