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England remains solidly in breach of 18 weeks as new incentives loom

  • August 16th, 2016

  • by Rob Findlay

Longer-waiting services should have improved in June, as Trusts approach the start of their "reset" trajectories in July. But instead those longer waits got worse.

Are the ’18 weeks’ trajectories deliverable?

  • August 12th, 2016

  • by Rob Findlay

The "financial reset" document explains how 18 week waiting times will be restored. But will it work?

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

(First published in Roy Lilley’s nhsManagers newsletter) Sometimes it’s a bit like Game of Thrones in the NHS. Either winter is coming, or we’re already in the depths of it... Read more

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.