Clinical News

GIRFT - An opportunity to make a difference to your specialty at a national level

Thursday, 08 December 2016 15:24

Following the success of Getting It Right First Time's (GIRFT) orthopaedic pilot, which has already seen surgeons changing practice to improve quality and reduce unwanted variation, the Secretary of State for Health has announced extended funding to roll out the innovative programme led by Professor Tim Briggs, National Director of Clinical Quality and Efficiency, within its new home at NHS Improvement. This work forms a key part of the roll-out of the recommendations in Lord Carter's report (February 2016) in operational performance and productivity in acute hospitals. The programme is expanding from 11 to 29 clinical work-streams including three additional surgical specialties. Professor Briggs will be working closely with Professor Tim Evans, National Director of Clinical Productivity, to deliver the programme across a range of clinical work-streams.

To be led by some of the nation's most well-regarded surgeons and physicians, this is an opportunity to deliver a real difference to the delivery of care for the many patients who access NHS care. GIRFT will improve the quality of care across surgical and medical specialties and reduce complications and unwanted variation. Further it will enable less to be spent on unnecessary treatments, patients will spend less time in hospital and clinicians will be freed up to provide more care - all of this equal to £1.5bn of health service costs each year.

The Clinical Leads will oversee the creation of a national review of all data using the proven GIRFT methodology relating to the delivery of their specialty across England. Providers will be benchmarked against one another and best practice, with each trust receiving a comprehensive review of their data and receiving support to tackle the challenges and findings behind the variation that the review highlights. The role will involve close collaborative working with National Clinical Directors and Specialised Commissioning Clinical Reference Group Chairs within NHS England where they are in place, and also with speciality leads where they exist within the Medical Directorate of NHS Improvement.

The programme is looking for skilled and effective clinical leaders who are recognised as experts by their clinical colleagues and have the endorsement of their specialty societies, who have been consulted extensively during the development of this phase of the programme. The roles are an exciting opportunity to make a contribution to the shaping of the service nationally, engaging with stakeholders across the specialty and the country. They will be on a part time secondment basis over an initial two-year period and we anticipate an average commitment of 88 days per year.

Closing date: Sunday 5th February 2017

Chair of the Research Advisory Committee on PHE Screening

Thursday, 01 December 2016 13:27

Public Health England are currently advertising for three Chairs for Public Health England’s cancer screening programme Research Advisory Committees (RAC). One for each of the below RACs:

  • Bowel Cancer Screening Programme (BCSP)
  • Breast Screening Programme (BSP)
  • Cervical Screening Programme (CSP)

The RACs are responsible for ensuring that PHEs screening programmes support good quality research without compromising the day to day function of the screening programmes. Candidates should be able to demonstrate experience in one or more of the following:

  • Experience in chairing a multidisciplinary group.
  • A detailed understanding of screening.
  • Experience in health services research (ideally in screening programmes).

Closing date: 07/12/2016


Latest IBD Registry data submission and site numbers

Thursday, 01 December 2016 10:21

As we approach the end of the year, the Registry team would like to thank all the IBD teams who have now joined the project for all their hard work. We've reached an important milestone in November with 20 sites now having submitted data, giving a total of 17,328 records. More records will be uploaded in December as we now have 44 teams who have completed their registration with NHS Digital. If you have data you’d like to upload and need any help at all please contact Mark at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Altogether, 176 IBD teams from across the UK have registered to participate, and there are 78 sites 'live' with a system for data capture, using a variety of different data entry methods (e.g. web tool, patient management system, local system etc). If you're in one of the teams that haven't yet registered please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to find out more about joining in.

Graham Bull prize in clinical science and Goulstonian Lectureship 2017

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 13:07

The Graham Bull prize was established in 1988 in honour of Sir Graham Bull, who was the first director of the Clinical Research Centre at Northwick Park. A trust for the Graham Bull prize was set up to provide money for young research workers under the age of 45 who feel that they have made a major contribution to clinical science.

The prize as designed by the trust is specifically for an application and not for nomination of individuals. The work can cover a wide range of expertise, such as:

  • molecular and cellular biology
  • imaging technology
  • psychiatry
  • health sciences

The award is open to RCP members and fellows who must apply for their own work to be considered. The sum of £1,000 is offered on a competitive basis each year.

The winner of this prize will be invited to deliver the Goulstonian Lecture, an annual lecture endowed in 1635 by Mrs Ellen Goulston in memory of her husband, Dr Theodore Goulston FRCP.

Researchers must be under the age of 45 on the application closing date (as per the terms of the original bequest), and must be a member or fellow of RCP London.

Further information, including details of how to apply, may be found on the RCP website:

Deadline for applications: Friday 31st March 2017

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