GIRFT elective hub toolkit

A key element of the elective recovery strategy for the NHS in England is the creation and expansion of elective surgical hubs. GIRFT is working with established hubs to capture and share their learning and resources, as well as offering a forum for key questions and issues to be discussed.

Below are links to  GIRFT resources designed to support teams in establishing elective hubs, including an extensive toolkit, developed through joint working with South West London Elective Orthopaedic Centre (SWLEOC).  

Click below to visit the SWLEOC and GIRFT elective hub toolkit, plus our FutureNHS forum and further elective hub resources…


GIRFT & SWLEOC elective hub toolkit

The purpose of this toolkit is to show aspiring hubs a detailed study of processes, job roles and patient pathways within this well-established elective orthopaedic hub. South West London Elective Orthopaedic Centre (SWLEOC) has had a lot of interest and visitors to their site, and this toolkit has been designed to ensure that we have captured the insight and support of a visit, without the need to travel.

The content within the toolkit has been arranged in the following headings: patient pathway, staff & services, administration, estate and resources. The resources provide a comprehensive set of standard operating procedures (SOPs), service level agreements (SLAs) and other business-critical information.

Surgical hubs and accreditation scheme

Surgical hubs are an important part of plans to increase surgical capacity and to offer hundreds of thousands more patients quicker access to some of the most common procedures.

Hubs focus mainly on providing ‘high volume low complexity’ surgery with particular emphasis on ophthalmology, general surgery, trauma and orthopaedics (including spinal surgery), gynaecology, ear nose and throat, and urology.

They bring together skills and expertise of staff under one roof – reducing waiting times for some of the most common procedures such as cataract surgeries and hip replacements. These operations can be performed quickly and effectively in one place.

Future NHS elective surgical hub forum

On FutureNHS there is an Elective Surgical hub forum for sharing information and ideas on elective surgical hubs and a place for seeking and/or offering peer support on implementation. We encourage you to ask questions, share documents/templates, signpost each other to useful resources and generally use the forum as a place to explore ideas and discuss problems. The forum is not moderated and therefore documents and posts that you find here should not be considered as being ‘GIRFT best practice’ examples, but rather as a window to see what others in the system are doing. 

Further resources

Further resources for established and aspiring elective surgical hubs are available on FutureNHS, such as guidance on workforce and layouts of elective surgical hubs.