Enhanced Recovery Pathways: Drinking Eating Mobilising (DrEaMing) Change Survey

Closes 21 Jul 2024

Opened 19 Apr 2024


Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) is a national programme designed to improve the treatment and care of patients through in-depth review of services, benchmarking, and presenting a data-driven evidence base to support change. As a GIRFT Nursing Fellow with the DrEaMing (Drink, Eat, Move) Collaborative I am contacting you to gain some wider information from organisations who are not currently part of this collaborative working group. 

This survey aims to explore the range of Trusts offering patients an Enhanced Recovery Pathway such as DrEaMing as part of their hospital pathway, or a similar initiative and which healthcare teams are involved. 

We are asking all health-care professionals for their own experience in their Trust. 

DrEaMing specifically is a patient-centric process intended to improve patients' recovery after surgery and is vital to improving patient care. It does this through a specified patient plan for drinking, eating, and mobilising within 24 hours post-operatively.

The reasons behind this are outlined below:

Clinical outcomes:

  • A reduction in post-surgical complications
  • A reduction in length of stay
  • Improved flow through surgical pathways to assist waiting times

Patient centred outcomes:

  • Enable and educate patients to be involved in their care and recovery
  • Share decision making with patients so that they feel they are "on the road to recover" and able to be discharged, having been involved in the expectations for their recoveru and its trajectory.

Staff related outcomes:

  • Involvement in delivering evidence-based care to improve job satisfaction.

Organisational related outcomes:

  • Foster a collaborative way of co-production and working
  • Enable a culture to support and embed quality improvement

Why your views matter

Your contribution will provide us with information of the scale and spread of Enhanced Recovery Pathways within clinical specialties and across different Trusts.

The questionnaire should be completed by whoever is responsible for, or is involved in any part of the patient surgical pathway, whether they be a part of the pre-operative, intra-operative or post-operative team. For example, matrons, heads of nursing, surgeons, physiotherapists and dieticians.

Before completing this questionnaire it may be helpful to review the questions and collate the relevant information. Completion of the questionnaire should take a maximum of 5 minutes.

Findings will be shared with respondents.

The questionnaire will not collect patient indentifiable information. The questions cover both quantifiable and qualitative themes with some responses requiring a brief sentence. Some responses will be either 'yes' or 'no', or will be multiple choice, others will be asking for a bit of detail. Information provided will be considered alongside local and national data for benchmarking analysis.

The questionnaire will request the name and contact details of the person who submits the responses to allow GIRFT to follow up for clarification if needed.

Data will be regularly backed up and will be stored until no longer required for the purpose of the GIRFT programme, at which point they will be deleted. Anonymised (names and email addresses removed) respondent-level data may be shared with NHS employees outside NHS England. Aggregated data may be published, but only where there is no risk of identification of individual respondents.  NHS England may also share anonymised data internally with other NHS England employees to support our wider efficiency and productivity programmes and delivery of all statutory responsibilities.

Please share your experiences of enhanced recovery patient pathways


  • Nurses
  • Clinicians
  • Managers
  • Pharmacists
  • Doctors
  • Midwives
  • Dietitians
  • Occupation therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Diagnostic radiographers
  • Therapeutic radiographers
  • Allied health professionals
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Healthcare professionals
  • Medical directors
  • Directors of nursing
  • Foundation trusts
  • NHS trusts
  • Integrated care system


  • Patient and public voice
  • Equality and diversity
  • Reducing health inequalities
  • Partnerships and relationships
  • Public
  • Nursing vision
  • Patient safety
  • NHS England
  • Getting it right first time (GIRFT)
  • Impact