26 Jul 2019

As part of ongoing work both to improve patient outcomes and to reduce litigation costs within the NHS, a large series of hip arthroplasty cases in which complaints were made have been reviewed. A number of common denominators and concerns, both in technique and documentation, have been identified. The Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme, in association with the British Hip Society, British Orthopaedic Association and NHS Resolution, aims to reduce the frequency of such occurrences by bringing these common denominators to the attention of surgeons who perform hip surgery. Throughout this guidance, real cases are used as a tool to stress the importance of adequate documentation of hip surgery.