• Getting It Right First Time programme sets out three mental health workstreams
  • Clinical efficiency and safety programme is advertising for three clinical leads
  • Roles are on two year, part time secondment basis

The Getting It Right First Time programme is recruiting clinical leaders to head its new mental health workstreams.

The £60m clinical efficiency and safety programme has advertised for three clinical leads for mental health on a part time secondment over two years.

Each lead will oversee one of the GIRFT programme’s three mental health workstreams:

  • urgent and emergency and inpatient child and adolescent mental health services;
  • urgent and emergency and inpatient adult mental health services; and
  • rehabilitation and complex care.

GIRFT is run by NHS Improvement and involves clinician led teams examining service lines in every trust in England to determine whether they are operating at sufficient scale, among other factors.

It began by investigating elective orthopaedics but has since expanded into 15 surgical and 16 medical specialties.

The mental health clinical leads will work with Professor Tim Kendall, mental health national clinical director for NHS England and NHSI.

The job advert, posted on the GIRFT website, said the programme aims to improve the quality of mental health services and reduce unwanted variation.

It added: “Further, it will enable less to be spent on unnecessary treatments, patients will spend less time in hospital settings and clinicians will be freed up to provide more care – contributing to £1.5bn of health service costs each year.”

The clinical leads will oversee the creation of a national review of data across the country using the GIRFT methodology. Providers will be benchmarked against one another and best practice with each trust receiving a comprehensive review of their data.

GIRFT and NHSI will then offer support to tackle any challenges and variation revealed by the review.

The programme will lead to a national report and recommendations for the sector.

The advert added: “Each clinical lead will then work with the national GIRFT team, Royal College of Psychiatrists and colleagues across the system to identify what levers need to be in place to support clinicians and organisations in tackling unwarranted variation and in learning from one another in areas of outstanding best practice.”

Each role has an expected commitment of 44 days a year.

The application process closes on 6 May.