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The local detail on clock pauses

10/09/2012
by Rob Findlay

In the last blog post we looked at the unexpectedly widespread use of clock pauses in helping Trusts scrape under the adjusted admitted waiting times target. In this post we’ll drill down into the local data, to see where clock pauses are used the most.

This interactive map shows, by Trust and specialty, by how many weeks clock pauses are reducing the reported 90th centile adjusted admitted waiting times. You can zoom in on the map to get more detail, and when you get down to pin level you can click on the pin to get a multi-page balloon showing the numbers (scroll through the pages using the arrow at the bottom right corner of the balloon).

Clock pauses by Trust and specialty

Clock pauses by Trust and specialty

Here is the same chart on a PCT basis. And here are tables with the raw data: Effect of clock pauses by Trust

The titles in the data balloons are also clickable, and they take you to a more detailed analysis of waiting times in the service, including a snapshot of the latest position and time trends showing how performance has varied in the last three years.

For instance, this time trend shows how clock pauses started being used more regularly as time went by (in one Trust’s Orthopaedics service). The heavy red line shows the unadjusted waiting times creeping up, and the thin red line with squares on it shows the adjusted waiting times clinging to the target:

Growing use of clock pauses (Orthopaedics)

Growing use of clock pauses (Orthopaedics)

We have added clock pauses to our regular monitoring, so you’ll be able to check the local position every month from now on in this blog.

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