SWFT elective services win recognition for meeting top clinical and operational standards
SWFT’s elective services have been successfully accredited as elective surgical hubs delivering high standards in clinical and operational practice.
The scheme, run by NHS England’s Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme in collaboration with the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS) and supported by the Royal College of Anaesthetists, assesses hubs against a framework of standards to help them deliver some of the most common surgical procedures, such as cataract surgery and hip replacement, more quickly. It also seeks to assure patients about the high standards of clinical care.
The GIRFT team visited all hubs undergoing accreditation to evaluate five elements: the patient pathway, staff and training, clinical governance and outcomes, facilities and ring-fencing, and utilisation and productivity.
The scheme is being rolled out nationally with quarterly cohorts to accredit all hubs in England over the next two years. While it is not mandatory for trusts to seek accreditation, the long-term goal is for every elective hub to be accredited.
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