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GIRFT Policy Manager

Band 8a

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Getting it Right First Time
Band 8a
Fixed term or Secondment until 31st March 2021
Full Time- 37.5 hours per week
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Central London
£51,383- £57,596 pa inc
27/10/2019 23:59
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The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust (RNOH) is the largest orthopaedic hospital in the UK, and is regarded as a leader in the field of orthopaedics both in the UK and world-wide.

The RNOH provides a comprehensive range of neuro-musculoskeletal health care, ranging from the most acute spinal injury or complex bone tumour to orthopaedic medicine and specialist rehabilitation for chronic back pain sufferers. This broad range of services is unique within the NHS.

As a national centre of excellence, the RNOH treats patients from across the country, many of whom have been referred by other hospital consultants for second opinions or for treatment of complex or rare conditions. 

Patients benefit from a team of highly specialised consultants, many of whom are nationally and internationally recognised for their expertise and experience. Consultants are supported in their work by nurses, therapists and other specialist clinical staff who are trained and are experts in their particular fields of orthopaedic care. 

The RNOH plays a major role in teaching, 20% of all UK orthopaedic surgeons receive training here. Our teaching and clinical effectiveness are enhanced by our work in research and development and our academic links with University College, London. Research departments at Stanmore include the Institute of Orthopaedics, the Centre for Disability Research and Innovation, the Institute of Human Performance and the Centre for Biomedical Engineering.

The RNOH works closely with other hospitals and trusts, with whom we have joint appointments to ensure maximum availability of specialist skills for patients. Our patients benefit from access to Aspire Leisure Centre which is located on site and hosts first-class facilities for able-bodied and disabled people.


Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) is a clinically-led quality improvement programme which uses trusts’ own data to identify unwarranted variation at a local and national level, and which produces Specialty Reports containing a series of key recommendations to improve the quality of care in that clinical specialty.

GIRFT has already released 8 Specialty Reports, and is due to deliver 30 more over the next 18 months, covering almost the entirety of healthcare in England.

GIRFT is a key part of the roll-out of the recommendations in Lord Carter’s report (February 2016) on operational performance and productivity in acute hospitals, and is now a partnership between the RNOH and NHS England/Improvement (NHSE/I).

We are looking for talented and highly motivated people to join the GIRFT programme at a very exciting time in its development. Successful candidates will be part of a unique initiative, with an ever increasing national profile, which is already delivering tangible results in terms of improved patient outcomes and savings to the NHS budget, and is likely to play a pivotal role in the ensuring that the NHS has a sustainable futu re.

These roles combine interesting challenges and opportunities to take the initiative in building innovative approaches, working in a fast-paced and varied environment with committed leaders in their field from across the NHS. You will be joining an inclusive team which is committed to personal development and offers opportunities for flexible working. Being part of GIRFT will not only benefit your CV but will also enable you to build skills and experiences which will provide a solid foundation for your future career.

All posts are currently limited to Fixed Term Contracts or Secondment from your current employer.

As part of the national programme your role will be to oversee the delivery of a tranche of national reports, each covering a major specialty within the NHS.

These reports will detail key findings from clinical visits across the country and, supported by robust data, will make the case for a series of transformative changes to the way care is delivered. You will then work with key stakeholders in the NHS to drive national policy so as to deliver these changes.

The reports will be developed by working closely with eminent clinical experts, supported by a project team including managers, data analysts and communications and writing professionals.

In order to ensure that the recommended changes are implementable, the post-holder will be expected to perform extensive research and stakeholder engagement and testing.

RNOH is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We follow safe recruitment practices to protect children and vulnerable adults

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Matthew Barker, 07889772298