10 November 2017

New national role for NUH Consultant Rheumatologist

New national role for NUH Consultant Rheumatologist

Consultant Rheumatologist, Dr Peter Lanyon will work with Getting It Right First Time, a national programme designed to improve medical care within the NHS by reducing unwarranted variations.

Dr Lanyon who has worked at NUH for the last 18 years will use his experience to visit trusts and look at how services can be improved locally and at a national level.

He said: "I'm looking forward to working with colleagues across the country to gain insight into how to improve outcomes and variations in care, with a view to developing national solutions that will work for all. The inclusion of rheumatology within the GIRFT programme marks an important phase in the ongoing development of our specialty."

After beginning his career in general practice before training in rheumatology, Dr Lanyon is now President of the British Society for Rheumatology and works clinically in acute medicine at NUH, integrating research and specialised rheumatology services for the rarer autoimmune diseases across the East Midlands.

Susan Shreeve, Deputy General Manger for the Medicine Division: "The new role will help to recognise the high quality of care Peter delivers for NUH and also the learning he'll bring back to the Trust as part of his role."

Dr Lanyon will be the joint clinical lead for GIRFT's rheumatology work. They work with trust clinical teams and managers to explore the challenges they face, and to understand the variations and what needs to be done to address them. They also oversee the creation of a national report into their specialty which provides detailed evidence of the benefits of proposed improvements and sets out a range of recommendations to improve patient care and outcomes.

The GIRFT programme, which started as a pilot review of orthopaedic surgery, now has 41 clinical leads and advisors from across the NHS working to deliver improvements across a range of medical and surgical specialities.

Professor Tim Briggs, Chair of GIRFT and National Director of Clinical Quality and Efficiency at NHS Improvement, said: "I am delighted to welcome our latest high calibre appointees - our clinical leads are all experts in their field with a detailed knowledge of the clinical services within their specialty.

"The GIRFT programme has brought into sharp focus the differences in the way services are delivered and our clinical leads, who all understand the challenges, are committed to finding the solutions that will deliver sustainable, high quality services, improve patient outcomes and bring about efficiencies."

NHS Nottingham University Hospitals
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