The general surgery report is the first to be published since the GIRFT methodology was rolled out to cover more than 30 specialties. The general surgery review visits to acute hospitals are ongoing and all relevant NHS Trusts have either already been visited or will be visited by the end of 2017.
Findings from those visits will feed into the implementation process, which will provide tailored implementation plans for every hospital to meet local needs. GIRFT will also work nationally with a wide range of clinical, governmental and public bodies to design a series of complementary levers that will help trusts to deliver the recommendations on the ground. A number of trusts have already begun to take action in response to some of the opportunities identified.
The aim is that the report serves as the catalyst for further discussion and action, at national, trust and individual surgeon level, to enhance patient care, improve outcomes from general surgery and drive efficiency.