Professor Tim Briggs, consultant orthopaedic surgeon, has been appointed National Director for Clinical Quality and Efficiency by the Department of Health. This major new role will involve him working alongside the government to report on how the NHS can increase efficiency and reduce costs while also improving patient care.
Professor Briggs is one of the country’s leading orthopaedic surgeons, and has been working privately at Spire Harpenden for 23 years. He specialises in knee and hip replacements, carrying out almost 190 hip and knee replacements in 2013-14.
His new appointment recognises the research he has previously undertaken; in 2013 he was awarded a grant from NHS England to research the quality and efficiency in the specialty of orthopaedics, for which he carried out an audit of all hospitals in England. His new position expands this research to 10 clinical specialties.
Professor Briggs will use not only his own experience working to a very high clinical quality, but also working alongside a team to research and improve on the variances in both quality and efficiency between hospital trusts.
Speaking on Radio 4, Professor Briggs explained the need for a standardisation of hospital practice, which includes “ring-fencing” beds - separating patients with different treatments, for example patients having hip and knee replacements would be kept apart from emergency patients. This is proven to dramatically reduce infection rates.
Professor Briggs’ high profile roles have included writing the Chavasse Report, a 2014 report promoting changes to the rehabilitation and medical treatment of military veterans. He was also previously one of the surgeons for the Arsenal men’s and women’s football teams.
Julia Salmon, Hospital Director at Spire Harpenden, is delighted with the news of Professor Briggs’ new appointment: “I’m thrilled that Professor Briggs’ hard work to ensure extremely high quality care and efficiency has been recognised with his new appointment. He has worked here since 1992, and continues to offer our patients excellent care and clinical outcomes. As Director of Clinical Quality and Efficiency he will be a wonderful asset to the review.”