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January 2021 - GIRFT stakeholder newsletter - Read online

stakeholder newsletter

January 2021

Join webinar to learn more about the Medical Device Safety Programme (MDSP)

GIRFT is holding a lunchtime webinar to discuss the work of the new Medical Device Safety Programme (MDSP), a clinically-led partnership with other NHS organisations to enable better use of technology to improve patient safety in the use of medical devices.

The 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

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. Find out more about the programme on the GIRFT website.

Guidance to help trusts improve the care of COVID patients  

GIRFT has issued best practice guidance to help hospital staff and managers improve the care of COVID-19 patients.

Based on the experiences of hospital trusts that performed well during the early phase of the pandemic, the guidance shares successful innovations and practices which others can utilise and adopt.

Drawing on the GIRFT programme’s data-driven methodology and the experience of its  clinical leads, the advice covers infection prevention and control, emergency medicine, critical care, anaesthesia, acute and general medicine, respiratory medicine, diabetes care, and geriatric medicine and community care, as well as looking at cross-cutting themes such as trust leadership and management, research and clinical coding. It is reviewed and endorsed by 12 professional societies.

Professor Tim Briggs, Chair of the GIRFT programme and National Director of Clinical Improvement for the NHS, said: “In the midst of another wave and with winter adding further demands on NHS trusts, it is important that we share best practice to help meet this unique challenge and utilise the learning and experiences of others.”

Read more and download a copy here.

Joint diabetes lead awarded OBE 

Professor Partha Kar, one of the joint clinical leads of the Getting It Right First Time programme’s diabetes workstream, was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the New Year Honours list 2021. Partha, a consultant in diabetes and endocrinology at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and national specialty advisor for diabetes with NHS England, receives the honour for services to people with diabetes. Read more about the honour here.


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