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English waits improve slightly in May

  • July 19th, 2016

  • by Rob Findlay

Usually waiting times improve in April, but this year the English NHS waited until May. It wasn't enough to achieve the target though.

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Scotland’s review of NHS targets

  • July 11th, 2016

  • by Rob Findlay

Getting the elective targets right is important. But balancing activity against demand matters more.

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RIP 18 weeks – how can it be resuscitated?

  • July 7th, 2016

  • by Rob Findlay

It's a recurring problem, and it needs a recurring solution. But all that's on offer is short-term fixes.

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Understanding discrepancies when tracking long-waiters against plan

  • June 30th, 2016

  • by Rob Findlay

How many patients are expected to breach the target every week? It's a good question. To answer it, you need to understand how patients are being scheduled.

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England now permanently breaching 18 weeks

  • June 14th, 2016

  • by Rob Findlay

The English waiting list grew more rapidly than expected in April, and it is now unlikely that the 18 week target will ever be achieved again. Unless there is a massive recurring and non-recurring effort, that is.

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More and better analysis of local ’18 weeks’ pressures

  • June 9th, 2016

  • by Rob Findlay

We are launching better analyses of your local 18 weeks pressures, to take advantage of new data, improve the analysis of medical specialties, and allow easier comparison with your previous month's waiting list.

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The possible death of 18 weeks

  • June 7th, 2016

  • by Rob Findlay

(First published in Roy Lilley’s nhsManagers newsletter) The English NHS breached the 18-week waiting times target in March, but the bald statistics just don’t give a sense of how bad... Read more

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Why 18 weeks might never be achieved again

  • May 31st, 2016

  • by Rob Findlay

England might breach the 18 week waiting times target again in April. After that, it might be gone for good.

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Worst ever breach of England’s 18-weeks target

  • May 17th, 2016

  • by Rob Findlay

It was another bad month for England's 18 week waiting times - the worst performance since the "incomplete pathways" target was introduced in 2012, powered by the largest waiting list since January 2008.

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Why planning should be part of performance reporting

  • May 17th, 2016

  • by Rob Findlay

Most performance reports tell you what happened, but not whether it was enough. That's a pretty big omission, and the only way to fix it is to have a plan and track your progress against it. What does that look like? And how do you actually do it?