T&O and COVID-19 | Situation Report 2

Closed 18 May 2020

Opened 12 May 2020


The objective of this survey is to gather a simple data set to monitor how Trusts are dealing with the crisis, to highlight similarities and variations in practice, and identify where further effort is required. The focus this week is resuming elective practice, particularly in the light of new guidelines from NHSE, published 14 May 2020 (link below), and the perceived pressure to resume elective care.


This questionnaire is the product of co-operation between British Orthopaedic Association (BOA), GETTING IT RIGHT FIRST TIME (GIRFT), and the British Orthopaedic Directors Society (BODS).

Our aim is that this BRIEF questionnaire is circulated to Clinical Directors as and when key questions arise. It should be quick enough to complete that it can be repeated as we learn and the results will be collated by GIRFT and fed back via the BOA website and BODS. The questionnaire can be modified as necessary in line with feedback.

Thank you for your support and sharing of information in this time of crisis.

Bob Handley
National Clinical Lead for GIRFT Orthopaedic Trauma

Vice President BOA

Why We Are Consulting

The Coronovirus pandemic is placing unprecedented stress on the Health Service. During this crisis, it is our role to play our full part in the general NHS response whilst remaining as advocates for our own patients. As a specialty, we have a role to deal with time-sensitive T&O conditions whilst placing the minimum burden on the rest of the health service.  As circumstances and resources allow, we should work towards the resumption of treatment of the full range of patients served by our specialty. In a rapidly changing situation we have much to learn and vigilance is required.

Who will access the data and how will it be further shared?

The questionnaire responses will be stored within the secure IT environment managed by NHS Improvement (NHSI), and will never leave this environment.  Data will be accessed only by GIRFT staff that have NHS Improvement permission to use the secure NHSI IT environment. NHS Improvement may also use the data internally to support wider efficiency and productivity programmes and the delivery of statutory responsibilities.  

Data, in an anonymised form, will be shared with participating trusts at aggregate level via the BOA website.