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Clinician in National Programme

An award-winning clinician from Wirral University Teaching Hospital has been appointed to a national programme to improve quality of care across the NHS.

Dr Bev Oates, Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist at the Trust, has joined the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme which will lead reviews into a range of medical and surgical specialties.

She will head up the work on Gastroenterology, which is a medical speciality dealing with problems with the gut and liver. She is one of only a select number of leading clinicians chosen as part of the national GIRFT programme.

The expert in Gastroenterology, who has been clinical leader for endoscopy at the Trust for 12 years has been nationally acclaimed for her work with her team.

Dr Oates said:“I am thrilled to have been given this opportunity to join the GIRFT team. I am very patient centred in my approach and I am keen to be involved in this exciting programme to ensure high quality patient care is paramount, and that NHS resources are used to their best effect for the benefit of our patients.

“As the late Jo Cox inspirationally said 'we have more in common than that which divides us'. I know that there is a lot of great work going on in our hospitals and I am looking forward to being able to help disseminate good practice, and enable teams to reduce unwarranted variation in clinical quality, productivity and efficiency.”

Dr Susan Gilby, Medical Director at Wirral University Teaching Hospital, added: “Dr Oates is a true credit to Wirral University Teaching Hospital in the high quality care that she and her team provide for our patients. This appointment is an example of the expertise we have at our Trust and I am sure Dr Oates will be a real asset to the programme.”

Many of the clinicians joining GIRFT have been recruited by the programme in conjunction with their specialty’s Royal College or professional society, giving even more weight to the appointment.

Professor Tim Briggs, Chair of GIRFT and National Director of Clinical Quality and Efficiency at NHS Improvement, said: “I am delighted that we have attracted another high calibre group of extremely experienced and enthusiastic clinical leads into the GIRFT programme.

“The fact that each work stream is led by an expert in the speciality is a vital part of the GIRFT methodology, because it means trust clinicians know they are dealing with people who really understand the challenges they face.”

The clinical leads will be responsible for managing a review of their own speciality, visiting every trust that undertakes that service in England, looking for unwarranted variations in care and outcomes using a detailed report of the trust’s own data. A national report will be produced for each work stream, detailing recommendations to improve care and patient outcomes, as well as highlighting examples of good practice.

The new clinical leads will start work on their programmes by the end of the year.


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Dr Bev Oates, Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist at Wirral University Teaching Hospital.