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Morning discharges and the 4 hour target

  • February 20th, 2019

  • by Rob Findlay

They help, but only when bed occupancy is very high. Part 5 of a 7-part series on bed occupancy.

Some strategies for tackling excessive bed occupancy

  • February 13th, 2019

  • by Rob Findlay

Should we focus on morning discharges? Or reducing lengths of stay? Part 4 of a 7-part series on bed occupancy.

Calculating bed occupancy and risk – hour by hour variation

  • February 6th, 2019

  • by Rob Findlay

Variation during the week. Part 3 of a 7-part series on bed occupancy.

Calculating bed occupancy and risk – week by week variation

  • January 30th, 2019

  • by Rob Findlay

Week by week variation. Part 2 of a 7-part series on bed occupancy.

Time to stop talking about bed occupancy

  • January 23rd, 2019

  • by Rob Findlay

...and start talking about the risk of running out of beds. The first in a 7-part series on bed occupancy.

Bed occupancy and risk – real results

  • September 27th, 2018

  • by Rob Findlay

New techniques reveal how the risk of bed crisis depends on non-elective bed occupancy. Here are some results from real NHS hospitals.

Introducing monthly cancer control charts

  • November 10th, 2017

  • by Rob Findlay

Are your cancer pathways designed to breach the targets? Why not check, using our new monthly cancer control charts? Based on data published by NHS England they analyse whether your cancer pathways are in control, and how often they are expected to breach, so you know what action you need to take.

Introducing monthly A&E control charts

  • November 9th, 2017

  • by Rob Findlay

The 4-hour A&E target is the highest profile performance target in the English NHS. We analyse every Trust's performance each month using control charts, and this is an introduction.

Follow-up outpatients and the clinical harm of delay

  • July 6th, 2017

  • by Rob Findlay

Everybody agrees that clinical priorities should come first. Why does this principle break down when it comes to follow-up outpatients?

Interpreting Capacity analysis: the control Charts

  • June 21st, 2017

  • by Rob Findlay

Is your bed flow designed to deliver regular crises? Is theatre performance stable? Control charts analyse your bed, theatre and clinic capacity for different days of the week, so that you can tell what was expected performance and what was unusual.