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Different beds, different bed occupancies

  • February 27th, 2019

  • by Rob Findlay

The differences between medicine and maternity, big units and small ones. Part 6 of a 7-part series on bed occupancy.

Waiting times in the Long Term Plan

  • February 25th, 2019

  • by Rob Findlay

The Long Term Plan will be a bit hollow until other reports fill it in later this year. But it contains some tantalising hints about how things are likely to go.

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.

Winter hits elective waiting times

  • February 19th, 2019

  • by Rob Findlay

RTT waiting times shot up in December as winter started to bite. In better news, one year waits continued to fall.

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.

NHS Improvement report “Operating theatres: opportunities to reduce waiting lists”

  • February 5th, 2019

  • by Rob Findlay

All in all, NHS Improvement have produced a helpful study of theatre productivity. As trusts begin to "work through the underlying drivers of the different types of downtime", the visualisations and analyses produced by Gooroo Planner will be invaluable.

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.

England’s waiting list still too big

  • January 13th, 2019

  • by Rob Findlay

The waiting list should be shrinking at this time of year, but it isn't. In better news, the number of one year waiters is coming down.