Professor Sir Muir Gray of Better Value Healthcare Ltd played a lead role in the recent Health and Care Innovation Expo 2017 Conference and Exhibition 11-12 September in Manchester. A founder member of the NHS RightCare organisation, Muir chaired the “NHS efficiency summit on variation, value and improving patient care” summit. The summit brought together both the NHS RightCare programme lead Professor Matthew Cripps, with the programme lead on Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) Professor Tim Briggs, both of whose presentations focussed on improving patient care from a population-based healthcare perspective in primary and secondary care environments. These talks on the Future NHS Stage were key to setting the scene for the delegates attending Conference over the two days.

Later on Day 1 Sir Muir again was Chairman of several presentations in the “Future RightCare – beyond variation and value” session in Theatre 3. A key speaker at this session was Professor Al Mulley, a long time collaborator and colleague of Sir Muir, who has been involved in Accountable Care Systems (ACS) in the USA who suggested that the NHS England ACS development would succeed by how well the ACS teams understand the processes that underlie the problems they face. Professor Matthew Cripps speaking about NHS RightCare cited examples of good practice in Bradford CCG, Ashford CCG, Slough CCG  and Blackpool CCG. Professor Tim Briggs discussed the importance of Providers and CCGs working together to agreed objectives and outcomes around the GIRFT approach and the GIRFT team are working across all Provider Trusts focusing on what does good look like for each specialty and with the objective to implement GIRFT  solutions over the a three year timeframe.

Muir brought the session to a close on a very optimistic note of joint working between NHS RightCare and NHS GIRFT teams.