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What is it with outpatients?

  • August 24th, 2010

  • by Rob Findlay

True stories from an outpatient clinic. A deep breath. And a few suggestions.

The EWTD and booking patients

  • August 17th, 2010

  • by Rob Findlay

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

Service Reconfiguration rules: too many cooks

  • August 10th, 2010

  • by Rob Findlay

The straightforward tests for service reconfiguration are welcome. The process for applying them is not.

Any Willing Provider: still the future

  • August 3rd, 2010

  • by Rob Findlay

Plus ca change... the latest guidance on NHS commissioning only goes half-way to opening up GP commissioning.

The NHS White Paper

  • July 20th, 2010

  • by Rob Findlay

Rob Findlay welcomes the White Paper, and puts a spotlight on the obstacles ahead of it.

A cheaper way to cut waiting times

  • July 13th, 2010

  • by Rob Findlay

Video clips show how better scheduling can dramatically cut maximum waiting times. The gain is equivalent to cutting 25% off the size of the waiting list.

The 18-week target

  • July 6th, 2010

  • by Rob Findlay

The 18-week target is not dead, but it is weakened. And the new performance monitoring regime betrays a lack of understanding of waiting list dynamics.

Referral to treatment: one lump or three?

  • June 29th, 2010

  • by Rob Findlay

When modelling referral-to-treatment waiting times, it is better to model each stage separately (outpatient, diagnostic, inpatient or daycase).

Austerity and waiting times (2)

  • June 22nd, 2010

  • by Rob Findlay

When finance is tight, commissioners need their wits about them when responding to waiting time pressures. How can you tell when extra resources are genuinely needed, and when they are not?

Austerity and waiting times (1)

  • June 15th, 2010

  • by Rob Findlay

How can we meet our waiting time targets in an age of austerity? In part one of a two-part posting, Rob Findlay looks at how hospitals can respond to the pressures.