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Outpatient experience for surgical trainees

  • September 28th, 2010

  • by Rob Findlay

Surgical trainees aren't getting enough outpatient experience, and more training time is needed. How can this be done without further reducing outpatient productivity?

Many ways to breach 18 weeks

  • September 21st, 2010

  • by Rob Findlay

Why do hospitals breach the 18-week target? A tour of the numbers reveals a bewildering variety of reasons.

Providers will be the innovators

  • September 14th, 2010

  • by Rob Findlay

Why service innovation and detailed pathway analysis are jobs for providers, not GP Consortia.

A study of short-stay emergencies

  • September 7th, 2010

  • by Rob Findlay

A study of short-stay emergency admissions points to dark compromises in A&E departments.

Referral management: don’t second-guess GPs

  • August 31st, 2010

  • by Rob Findlay

A good report from the King's Fund says that referral management centres don't work, but review and audit of GP referral practice does.

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.