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OUH consultant national lead to improve newborn intensive care

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The national Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme has recruited Dr Eleri Adams, a consultant neonatologist at Oxford University Hospitals, as one of the clinicians to steer new workstreams focusing on paediatric and neonatal care.

Two other consultants were appointed to lead on reviews for:

  • paediatric critical care;
  • paediatrics orthopaedic (trauma and elective) surgery.

The appointments come as GIRFT increases the scope of its work in reviewing hospital services for children and babies to identify and address unwarranted variations, and help improve treatment and care. The new clinical leads will visit hospitals across England, meeting clinical teams and managers to review trust data for their specialties with the aim of highlighting what is working well, and where improvements could be made.

The GIRFT clinical leads incorporate their findings in a national report for each specialty, setting out recommendations to reduce variation in clinical practice and improve the quality of care and outcomes for patients.

Dr Eleri Adams has been a consultant neonatologist at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for 17 years, and was clinical director of the service for ten years. She has led Thames Valley Neonatal Network since it was set up in 2003.

Dr Adams said: "I am delighted to be leading the neonatal intensive care workstream for GIRFT. It will be a fantastic opportunity to work with colleagues across the country to improve our understanding of variations in outcome and to work on solutions to improve the quality of care for babies and their families."

Dr Adams' appointment was welcomed by the British Association of Perinatal Medicine (BAPM). Chief executive Kate Dinwiddy said: "BAPM is very pleased to endorse Dr Eleri Adams as the GIRFT clinical lead for the neonatal intensive care workstream.

"As an organisation which champions quality improvement and advocates for all babies and their family to receive the highest standard of perinatal care, we are excited to work with Eleri to implement the findings of the national review."