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March 2021

Have you seen our GIRFT Best Practice Library? 

The GIRFT Best Practice Library continues to grow, and now has eight sections – seven with a specialty focus and one containing the standardised clinical pathways developed by healthcare systems with the support of our clinical leads.
Each specialty section contains a number of sub-specialty areas, and may include links to the relevant section of the GIRFT national report, best practice case studies, direct links to metrics in Model Hospital and supporting documentation.
A COVID-19 section has now been added, featuring our clinical practice guide for COVID-19 and a recording of the recent webinar to discuss the report, as well as other specialty-specific guides.
The library also holds recordings of a number of other webinars, including one hosted by GIRFT lead Mike Hutton alongside NHS Specialised Commissioning to discuss best practice in spinal care. Watch the webinar and download the accompanying slides here.
The best practice library is available free to anyone working in the NHS in England, as well as stakeholders within professional societies. To request a password, visit:

Lancet paper examines in-hospital COVID-19 mortality  

A new paper published in The Lancet (Respiratory Medicine) shows that the rate of in-hospital deaths from COVID-19 in NHS hospitals in England fell during the first wave of the pandemic as a result of rapid learning by clinicians leading to improved treatment of patients.

The study, entitled Patient factors and temporal trends associated with COVID-19 in-hospital mortality in England, was written by a group of authors, including four from the GIRFT programme.

Honorary fellow for GIRFT, Annakan Navaratnam (pictured), said: "It is important that the reasons for this improvement in mortality should be thoroughly investigated to help guide and inform our response to any further outbreaks of the virus."

Read more about the paper here.

Helping NHS systems get back on track with CVD prevention 

A new guide – developed in a collaboration between GIRFT, the Oxford Academic Health Science Network (Oxford AHSN), and the Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH) – is helping teams in healthcare systems across England to overcome disruption in work to prevent cardiovascular disease (including stroke, heart disease and vascular dementia).

The practical guidance includes best practice case studies and a package of tools to help those responsible for planning or delivering CVD prevention programmes within systems get back on track post-COVID.

CVD prevention during and after the COVID-19 pandemic can be downloaded from the Oxford AHSN website.

Guidance to improve the delivery of ward rounds 

The GIRFT programme has endorsed new guidance from a group of healthcare professional leaders, including the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), setting out best practice for modern ward rounds.

Modern Ward Rounds: Good practice for multidisciplinary inpatient review helps clinical teams identify priorities for improvement in their delivery of ward rounds, eliminate unwarranted variation and ensure more efficient and effective patient care.

More information on the guidance can be found here.

Tributes paid to 'a true leader'

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of Dr Clifford Mann OBE in February. Dr Mann was a hugely-respected clinician who led GIRFT's emergency medicine workstream alongside Dr Chris Moulton, as well as being National Clinical Director for urgent and emergency care with NHS England, a consultant in emergency medicine at the Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, and a past president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.

GIRFT Chair Professor Tim Briggs said: “We are all devastated by the passing of Cliff, whose contribution to improving the care of patients within the emergency department has been immense. He continued to work in his ED department while performing his national duties – a true leader, who led by example.

“His national report, co-authored by his colleague and close friend Chris Moulton and due to be published shortly, is the culmination of all their hard work visiting every EM department in England. It is imperative that the recommendations are implemented to ensure that his legacy lives on."

You can read tributes to Dr Mann on the GIRFT website here.

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