Diabetes care to be included in national improvement programme
The Getting it Right First Time (GIRFT) programme is to include diabetes in a bid to prevent variation of care, it has been announced.
Following a £60m investment in the programme by the Department of Health, announced last November, GIRFT will now be rolled out to cover 20 specialties in addition to the 12 it already investigates.
Further to the success of the GIRFT orthopaedic pilot, the programme now forms a key part of the roll-out of the recommendations in Lord Carter’s report (February 2016) in operational performance and productivity in acute hospitals.
The next steps will include NHS Improvement, where the recruitment of clinical leads heading up each specialty will be finalised. The new formal GIRFT implementation infrastructure will also be developed which will help trusts make changes recommended by national guidance and will be expected to “complement” the existing regional NHS improvement footprint.
The aim of the programme is to engage with clinicians working in acute care with their own data to accelerate the adoption of evidence based practice through peer to peer discussion and review.
As well as stamping out varied care, it is hoped GIRFT will will improve the quality of anaesthesia and perioperative medicine and reduce complications.
Further it will enable less to be spent on unnecessary treatments, patients will spend less time in hospital and clinicians will be freed up to provide more care – contributing to £1.5bn of health service costs each year.