The GIRFT national report on vascular surgery was published in March 2018.
Health Minister Stephen Barclay said:
“These important recommendations from Professor Mike Horrocks could not only save the lives of 100 patients a year, but get vascular patients quicker test results, shorter waiting times and better recoveries, all while saving the NHS £16 million.
“I urge trusts across the NHS to use this advice to help end unwarranted variation and make the NHS the safest and most efficient healthcare system in the world.”
In June 2020, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Guidance on Resumption of Vascular Surgery was issued by the national body for joint working in vascular services across England. The National Joint Vascular Implementation (NJVI) Board, chaired by GIRFT lead Mike Horrocks and Dr Michael Gregory, NHS England’s clinical lead for vascular, issued the guidance to support frontline vascular clinicians and inform the work of commissioners within NHS England and NHS Improvement and CCGs.
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Report author: Professor Mike Horrocks (now retired)
Mike has focused on both elective and emergency vascular surgery in networks and trusts throughout his long career.
He was professor of surgery in Bath before his retirement and has been secretary general of the European Society of Vascular Surgery, president of the Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland, president of ASGBI and a council member of RCS chairing education and professional standards, culminating as senior vice-president.
Appointed consultant surgeon at the Bristol Royal Infirmary in 1982, Mike moved to Bath in 1991 to take up the postgraduate chair in surgery with an interest in vascular surgery. He attended Guys Hospital for his undergraduate training followed by post-graduate training at Ipswich, Guys Hospital, Medway, Kings and the South West.