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Telford Memorial Lecture – GIRFT for Emergency Medicine: The unsustainable effects of unwarranted variation

Dr Chris Moulton

  • Date: Wednesday 21st April 2021 from 7.00-8.00 pm
  • Venue: Zoom meeting
  • Members £0.00
  • Non Members £

This meeting is being subsidised by the Manchester Medical Society and is FREE for all to attend. You will be able to submit questions to the panel during the event using the Q&A function on Zoom. The webinar will be recorded.

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This meeting has been approved by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom for 1 category 1 (external) CPD credit.

7.00-8.00 pm

‘GIRFT for Emergency Medicine: The unsustainable effects of unwarranted variation’

Dr Chris Moulton, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Bolton NHS FT

Brief synopsis:

The NHS “Getting It Right First Time” for Emergency Medicine programme is dedicated to the elimination of unwarranted variation in emergency care. Armed with data-packs for each ED in England, our three-man team visited over 90 sites and discovered huge variation in demand, capacity, processes and outcomes. This variation is costly, wasteful, time-consuming and of course, bad for patients. Moreover, it is often unrecognised by both trust managers and ED clinicians. We have now created an NHS website – the SEDIT (the Summary ED Insight Table) – that allows quick and easy comparison of all EDs with each other and with national standards.

Learning objectives:

  1. There is a huge and unacceptable amount of unwarranted variation in the provision, delivery and outcomes of urgent and emergency care throughout the NHS.
  2. Knowledge of the relevant data is the only way that such variation can ever be understood and addressed.
  3. Unwarranted variation is unsustainable from the point of view of the patient, the NHS and the planet.