10 November 2017
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
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
"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."