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18 weeks still on course for England-wide breach

  • November 16th, 2015

  • by Rob Findlay

The English waiting list improved a bit in September, and by slightly more than expected, which pushes the anticipated breach of 18 weeks back into January.

Analysis: when will England breach 18 weeks?

  • November 2nd, 2015

  • by Rob Findlay

Predicting is a mug's game. Nevertheless, grab your calculator, and let's see if we can work out when the 18 week target is going to be breached across England.

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.

Biggest ever August increase in English waiting list

  • October 13th, 2015

  • by Rob Findlay

Longer queues mean longer waits: the elective waiting list in England is edging towards breach as the number of patients waiting for hospital treatment in England shot up in August.

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.

England in July: longer queue, longer waits

  • September 17th, 2015

  • by Rob Findlay

The waiting list grew, waiting times went up, and so did the risk of an 18 week national breach.

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.

English waiting list grows again

  • August 19th, 2015

  • by Rob Findlay

The English waiting list grew again in June. It needs to shrink decisively this autumn to avoid trouble on 18 weeks over winter.

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.