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SimActive adapted, Excel less annoying

Gooroo SimActive now accepts dates in dd/mm/ccyy format, so you no longer need to force Excel to stop reformatting dates in your waiting list uploads.... Watch the video

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The active patient tracking list

In parallel with our HSJ article about active PTLs, this blog post explains how they work.

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The EWTD and booking patients

Doctor time is more precious than ever, and it makes no sense to waste it in under-utilised clinics.

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The trouble with PTLs

When things get difficult, Trusts often use PTLs to achieve their waiting time targets. But PTLs have unintended consequences.

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The worst that can happen

“If we let this urgent patient wait just a few days longer, then we can get this near-breach patient treated before the end of the... Watch the video

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The yin and yang of waiting times

NHS waiting times depend on yin as well as yang: the order in which patients come in, as well as the number of patients waiting.... Watch the video

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Transforming real waiting lists with better scheduling

Starting with a real consultant's waiting list, we show how a rules-based approach to patient scheduling can dramatically reduce waiting times.

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Wait control: a new system for better waiting list management

Creating a new system for waiting list management will help trusts nail their waiting times targets

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Waiting time targets – like happiness – are best pursued indirectly

It sounds sensible to book patients in before they breach the target. But in practice it is unfair, unsafe, and keeps waiting times on the... Watch the video

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Wider lessons from Imperial’s long waits

How can we make the NHS more resilient against the risk of waiting times failures?