Changing general surgery procedures could improve care for patients and save the NHS millions

The Getting it Right First Time (GIRFT) programme has completed a review of general surgery and stated that the NHS could see a significant reduction in the amount of people unnecessarily admitted for emergency general surgery if more acute hospitals introduced consultant-led surgical assessments at their ‘front door’.

Analysis by the GIRFT team shows this change could lead to up to 30% fewer general surgery emergency admissions a year where no operation is delivered, and could cut the NHS’s annual cost for this (£361million) by £108m.

CLAHRC North Thames is evaluating the planned changes to orthopaedics, to identify lessons to inform future efforts to improve the organisation and delivery of services.

Introduction to Economic Evaluation Workshop – 8 November – Apply Now!

We are pleased to announce that our popular Introduction to Economic Evaluation Workshop will be running again on Wednesday 8 November 2017, and applications are now being accepted – click here to read more.

Aimed at staff from the NHS, Local Authorities, and CCGs, this short course provides an introduction to conducting an economic evaluation of a local service. Led by a team of expereinced Health Economists from the Department of Applied Health, UCL, tutors will help you to plan your economic evaluation and identify any potential challenges and their solutions.


Previous participants said…

“Important for the current NHS situation. All NHS staff should understand about health economics”

“Really engaging, informative and approachable”

“Very comprehensive course and very high level of subject knowledge in the teaching team”

“Helpful on lots of levels, regardless of previous experience“

“Really helpful introduction to concepts and will really help with own project”

Registration is now open until 5pm, Wednesday 30 August 2017- visit the course page to find out more information and to download an application form. Alternatively, if you have any questions about the course or the CLAHRC North Thames Academy, please get in touch with us at