A GIRFT study led by urology clinical lead Simon Harrison and published in the British Journal of Urology International (BJUI) is one of the top downloaded papers in the publication’s recent history.
The research paper titled Understanding volume–outcome relationships in nephrectomy and cystectomy for cancer: evidence from the UK Getting it Right First Time programme tests GIRFT’s recommendation for a minimum annual volume for specialist urology procedures. It was compiled following Mr Harrison’s review of urology services in NHS trusts and jointly authored with William K Gray, Jamie Day and Professor Tim Briggs.
The paper found that the current level of centralisation of complex surgery for urological cancers is reasonable and further centralisation would not, in itself, be a driver for improved patient outcomes.
Mr Harrison said: “This confirms to me that GIRFT has the opportunity to have a major impact on health policy through its ability to answer some key questions using our access to a fantastic data resource, expertise in data analysis and clinical engagement.”
Read more about the study and its findings here.