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May 2020

GIRFT team helps with infection training for care workers

The team at Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) is supporting a newly-formed academy to train care workers in the fight against COVID-19.

GIRFT’s partner trust, the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) NHS Trust, has formed the training academy to develop and deliver training and guidance for staff working in care homes and home care services in infection control, swab testing and the correct use of personal protection equipment (PPE).

Working closely with colleagues at NHS England and NHS Improvement and Public Health England, GIRFT’s special project team is co-ordinating the national roll-out.

Find out more about the COVID-19 projects GIRFT staff are involved in here.
L-r: Professor Simon Kenny, Dr Clifford Mann, Dr Deborah Lowe and Professor Partha Kar

GIRFT clinicians appointed to prestigious NHS leadership roles

Four clinical leads heading workstreams for the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme have been appointed to roles as national NHS leaders for their specialties.

National Clinical Directors (NCDs) and National Specialty Advisers (NSAs) are practicing clinicians appointed to work part-time at NHS England and NHS Improvement, providing leadership, advice and expertise across a range conditions and services, to help deliver the pledges of the NHS Long Term Plan.

  • Professor Simon Kenny, GIRFT’s clinical lead for paediatric surgery, is also now the NCD for children and young people
  • Dr Clifford Mann, one of GIRFT’s two leads for emergency medicine, has been appointed as the NCD for urgent and emergency care
  • Dr Deborah Lowe, one of GIRFT’s joint leads for the stroke workstream, is the NCD for stroke
  • Professor Partha Kar, one of GIRFT’s two clinical leads for diabetes, is the NSA for diabetes and obesity.
Read more about them and their appointments here.

Guide to adapting stroke services during and after COVID-19 


Guidance for adapting stroke services during the COVID-19 pandemic – and reshaping them afterwards – has been made available in a collaboration between the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme and the Oxford Academic Health Science Network (AHSN).

GIRFT’s joint stroke leads, Dr Deb Lowe and Dr David Hargroves, with Oxford AHSN chief executive Professor Gary Ford, have co-authored the guide to help counter the impact of the crisis on NHS stroke services and build on changes adopted by teams across the UK which will be beneficial in the post-peak phase of the pandemic.

Adapting stroke services during the COVID-19 pandemic: an implementation guide is hosted on the British Association of Stroke Physicians (BASP) resource hub and provides guidance on:

  • Using telemedicine to support specialist decision-making in stroke care
  • Delivering safe care at hospitals without acute stroke units
  • Developing virtual clinics for managing transient ischaemic attack (TIA) and minor stroke
Find out more about the guide and link to the BASP resource hub here.
L-r: Simon Harrison, William K Gray, Jamie Day and GIRFT chair Tim Briggs 

Urology study is one of journal's most downloaded papers   

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. 

Read more about the study here.

Data from latest Surgical Site Infection survey ready to be shared

Data gathered during the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) Surgical Site Infection 2019 survey has now been distributed to any trusts who expressed a wish to receive their data packs.

For trusts that asked for a delay due to COVID-19 work, GIRFT will be issuing the packs at a later date. The project team is not expecting a formal reply until hospitals are able to fully share the relevant data with their participating specialty department.

Participants from more than 100 NHS sites and more than 50 independent sector sites contributed to the 2019 data collection, before the SSI survey portal closed in December. 

An SSI national report will follow, with recommendations to help inform clinical practice. For further information regarding the survey, contact  

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