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Interpreting Capacity analysis: the Detail

  • April 8th, 2016

  • by Rob Findlay

The Detail view lays out what happened in theatre or clinic, every minute of the day. This is how to interpret it.

Interpreting Capacity analysis: the Charts

  • April 8th, 2016

  • by Rob Findlay

The Charts view gives you a statistical analysis of theatre and clinic usage on different days of the week. This is how it works, and how you interpret it.

Waiting time targets – like happiness – are best pursued indirectly

  • March 29th, 2016

  • by Rob Findlay

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 brink of failure. There is a better way.

Planning a hospital for constant capacity – a worked example

  • March 16th, 2016

  • by Rob Findlay

In principle, we can plan the hospital to smooth out expensive peaks and troughs in capacity. In practice we need to apply some common sense too.

Modelling complex patient pathways

  • January 7th, 2016

  • by Rob Findlay

Clinical pathways don't always run in straight lines. Here is how you can model even quite complex pathways quickly and easily using Gooroo Planner.

Putting operational managers in control of performance

  • October 23rd, 2015

  • by Rob Findlay

The "exceptions table" sounds innocuous enough. But whoever controls it has the power to transform the management of entire hospitals.

Modelling the bit in the middle: diagnostic stages of treatment

  • September 24th, 2015

  • by Rob Findlay

After the initial 'one-day' implementation of Gooroo Planner, one of the first refinements you will want to make is around the diagnostic stage of treatment. Fortunately, it's easier than you might think.

Modelling subspecialties (and sub sub specialties)

  • August 31st, 2015

  • by Rob Findlay

Operational managers often like to see their capacity plans at sub specialty level, especially in general surgery and orthopaedics. This is easily done in Gooroo Planner, but here are some things you may need to watch out for. And it's similar for other levels of detail, such as hospital site, commissioner, and procedure based modelling.

Why does the NHS always need extra capacity?

  • July 28th, 2015

  • by Rob Findlay

Is the NHS always short of capacity because it's always short of money? Perhaps not. Waiting list initiatives and a reliance on 'extra' suggest that something else is going on.

Modelling follow-up outpatient backlogs

  • July 22nd, 2015

  • by Rob Findlay

A practical guide to modelling follow-up outpatients (known as "returns" or "repeats" in Scotland) using Gooroo Planner, including waiting times, capacity, and how to model defined courses of treatment.