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Members of BSR Executive appointed to GIRFT national improvement programme

Three members of the British Society for Rheumatology Executive Committee have been appointed to the Get It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme, an NHS Improvement initiative that aims to improve clinical quality and efficiency across a number of medical and surgical specialties.
 

The joint clinical leads for the GIRFT rheumatology programme, which launches in March 2018, are Dr Peter Lanyon, President and Dr Lesley Kay, Chair of the Clinical Affairs Committee. Professor Alex MacGregor, Chair of the Research Committee, will take on the role of Senior Clinical Advisor, providing additional analytical support to the project.

The GIRFT clinical leads will oversee the development of individual data packs for each trust, drawn from multiple data sources across a range of rheumatology metrics. Clinical leads will then visit trusts to discuss the data and explore variations in patient care and outcomes. They will work with local teams, supported by GIRFT Regional Hubs, to build implementation plans to improve clinical quality. The key themes to emerge from these visits and the data analysis will be collated into a national report, setting out recommendations on how the specialty can improve the quality and efficiency of services.
 
The GIRFT programme therefore represents a unique opportunity to improve rheumatology patient care and outcomes, building on a range of local and national data, including audit. 

This view was echoed by Dr Lesley Kay, who commented “Data is key to improving the care provided by rheumatology departments. Our national arthritis audit is already proof of this concept, and I am certain that the new audit, launching in 2018, will be even more influential. Working with clinicians to identify local variation, and using GIRFT methodology to support improvements, is a major opportunity for rheumatology services and their patients.”
 
This was reinforced by Dr Peter Lanyon who said, “I’m looking forward to working with colleagues across the country to gain insight into how to improve outcomes and variations in care, with a view to developing national solutions that will work for all. The inclusion of rheumatology within the GIRFT programme marks an important phase in the ongoing development of our specialty.”

For further information or queries, please contact: GIRFT

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