Two of the top professionals in emergency medicine are to be centrally involved in a major new NHS project.
The new scheme is intended to improve the efficiency in Accident and Emergency departments across England.
Clifford Mann and Christopher Moulton will be joint clinical leads for emergency medicine under the Getting It Right First Time programme.
Mann is NHS England’s clinical adviser on A&E and immediate past president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, and is also employed as an emergency consultant at Taunton and Somerset Hospital.
Moulton is current vice president of the RCEM and works as an emergency consultant at the Royal Bolton Hospital.
Both consultants will visit every Accident and Emergency department in the country over the summer months.
Once this process is complete, the two experts will produce a national report, intended to outline ways that trusts can save millions of pounds by reducing waste and improving efficiency.
Mann and Moulton will then visit trusts later in the summer months in order to meet with clinicians and senior executives, with a view to improving hospital procedures.
“On the face of it, there is a lot of disparity between trusts but GIRFT looks at the resources and the outcomes to provide a much fairer picture of where we should be learning from so we have a level playing field. GIRFT will illuminate many of the key issues A&E departments face but it will be fair to staff and patients in understanding the challenges, the resources available and the outcomes,” Mann commented.
The eminent expert in emergency medicine also asserted that this process should help the NHS make more informed choices regarding investment and expanding.
While Moulton explained some of the problems that are frequently experienced in emergency medicine.
“There are enormous variations between emergency departments but that’s no surprise because they are now dealing with city-size workloads using an old district hospital model. I believe the GIRFT programme will give us an opportunity to actually address the problems we face.”
The Department of Health had previously announced a £16 million investment in the GIRFT scheme, with the intention of extending the program over 20 further specialties.
Dr Mann and Dr Moulton are the first clinical leads for these specialties to be announced.
Professor Briggs, now NHS Improvement’s national director of clinical quality and efficiency, suggested that this new initiative will have a positive impact on emergency medicine at a challenging time.
“Emergency medicine is at the frontline of the NHS and is currently experiencing unprecedented volume and pressures. I am delighted that two consultants with the experience and calibre of Christopher and Clifford have agreed to take the reins of this GIRFT review.”