Media attention has focused on A&E performance and the impact on patient flow through hospitals following the reduction in social care budgets. However, there has been an increasing focus from central NHS bodies on clinical variation, productivity and efficiency in elective care with initiatives such as the Model Hospital. Since Tim Briggs, National Director for Clinical Quality and Efficiency, published his report on elective orthopaedic services in 2015, the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme has been significantly expanded to cover 35 workstreams, including all major surgical and medical specialties, together with a number of cross-cutting themes such as Outpatients and Frailty.

The NHS Benchmarking Network’s Operating Theatres project complements the Model Hospital and GIRFT workstreams with a holistic view of Theatre provision covering infrastructure, capacity, activity, theatre utilisation, quality, finance and workforce. The Network project gives Trusts the opportunity to submit data at a hospital level, so that performance can be compared between different sites within the Trust’s portfolio.

This project is applicable to all providers of all Theatres services. Subscribing members will receive:

  • An interactive online toolkit, allowing you to benchmark your service across hundreds of metrics

  • A bespoke dashboard report outlining key metrics, and highlighting your reported positions

  • A high-level report outlining key messages nationally

  • A good practice compendium of information supplied by member participants

  • Free attendance at annual conferences, accessing presentations on project key findings, from national policy leads and members

  • Good practice case studies on how members use the benchmarking to improve service delivery

2018/19 Benchmarking Project

62 organisations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland participated in the 2018 project, submitting data for a total of 69 hospital sites.

You can read more about the highlights from the 2018 project in our news section.

2019/20 Benchmarking Project

This project is run on a biennial cycle and will return in 2020/21.

For queries about this project, please contact Ellie Perchard, or call 0161 266 2113.

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