Get it Right First Time – Improving the Quality of Orthopaedic Care within the National Health Service in England
It is recognised that there is wide variation in process and outcomes in elective orthopaedic surgery across the UK.
In an attempt to identify and quantify this, the British Orthopaedic Association launched a major project under the chairmanship of Professor Tim Briggs of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital called “Get it Right First Time” (GIRFT).
Specific areas of note were procedural costs, implant choice for joint replacement and complex but rare conditions being managed in small numbers by some surgeons.
The results for Greater Manchester have led to a dashboard of measures for partners in the Manchester Elective Orthopaedic Alliance in collaboration with the North Eastern Quality Observatory System (NEQuOS).
These measures highlight changes in selected indicators which have the highest impact on patient outcomes. This will lead to a better understanding of the most effective ways to improve patient safety, short and long-term results, efficiency and effectiveness, and patient satisfaction. The results will then inform the best way to organise elective orthopaedic services using objective evidence.
For more information, please look at the Get It Right First Time report: http://www.gettingitrightfirsttime.com/downloads/BriggsReportA4_FIN.pdf