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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.

Achieving cancer waiting times targets

  • April 12th, 2017

  • by Rob Findlay

Cancer pathways are complex. But you still need to model the capacity needed to achieve short waiting times. Here's how to do it, with Gooroo Planner.

When would you give up on waiting times?

  • December 13th, 2016

  • by Rob Findlay

Managing the 18 week waiting times target directly? That risks a loss of control if the waiting list gets too big and the target becomes unsustainable.

How to achieve your RTT trajectories

  • August 9th, 2016

  • by Rob Findlay

NHS Improvement's financial "reset" includes challenging RTT trajectories with money attached. Firefighting isn't enough - you need to plan this properly. Fortunately, Gooroo Planner takes it in its stride. Here's how to do it.

Winter is coming – why you need to plan for it now

  • August 9th, 2016

  • by Rob Findlay

Winter: season of full beds, cancelled theatre sessions, and frustrated surgeons. With a bit of careful planning, it doesn't have to be like this.

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.

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.

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?

The cost of theatres

  • May 13th, 2016

  • by Rob Findlay

How late is a "late start" in your operating theatres? If I told you they probably cost something like £20 a minute, how late is a "late start" now?