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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.

Worst ever breach of England’s 18-weeks target

  • May 17th, 2016

  • by Rob Findlay

It was another bad month for England's 18 week waiting times - the worst performance since the "incomplete pathways" target was introduced in 2012, powered by the largest waiting list since January 2008.

Why planning should be part of performance reporting

  • May 17th, 2016

  • by Rob Findlay

Most performance reports tell you what happened, but not whether it was enough. That's a pretty big omission, and the only way to fix it is to have a plan and track your progress against it. What does that look like? And how do you actually do it?

The cost of theatres

  • May 13th, 2016

  • by Rob Findlay

How late is a "late start" in your operating theatres? If I told you they probably cost something like £20 a minute, how late is a "late start" now?

The perfect partners: constant capacity planning and achieving targets throughout

  • April 21st, 2016

  • by Rob Findlay

Lower costs, more activity, and less fire-fighting. What's not to like about constant capacity planning, coupled with achieving your targets every week of the year? Now Gooroo Planner does both together, and even does it automatically.

18 weeks breached again as waiting list grows

  • April 19th, 2016

  • by Rob Findlay

The 18 weeks target was breached again, if you allow for non-reporting Trusts. But how was it possible for waiting times to improve slightly, when the waiting list grew, admissions were down, and less capacity was devoted to long waiters?

Interpreting Capacity analysis: the Overview

  • April 8th, 2016

  • by Rob Findlay

The Overview is a powerful visualisation, so that you can quickly and expertly spot the opportunities to make better use of your theatres and clinics. This post helps you interpret it.