Rifat has worked as an NHS teaching hospital consultant diabetologist for over ten years. Rifat’s clinical work covers the spectrum of primary, community and secondary care. His service improvement work spans producing community healthcare professional education programs to redesigning secondary care diabetes pathways at a regional level. His approach identifies solutions that are integrated, ideally preventative, affordable and empower patients and staff.
He has been involved nationally in the development of quality assurance and quality improvement measures for UK inpatient diabetes care delivery. Rifat was a founder member of the group that designed and implemented a national audit program looking at the quality of in-hospital diabetes care across more than 200 U.K. acute trusts. The audit has now become a national performance indicator for Trusts.
Rifat has delivered invited talks at national conferences on topics as diverse as commissioning for diabetes care and creating metrics to measure the quality of in-hospital specialist care. He has a real passion for improvement methodology and approaches, and has authored on system resilience in acute care settings. Rifat was a member of a Department of Health clinical liaison group to NICE regarding diabetes issues and has held Medicine Management and Medicine Safety committee roles in his local hospital.