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The Journal: Healthcare

Insight and commentary based on 28 years experience in the gritty reality of doing.

NHS operating theatres in England ‘wasting two hours a day’

24 Oct 2017

Posted In Healthcare

NHS Improvement’s recent report reveals the startling figure that an additional 280,000 non-emergency surgical procedures could be undertaken within the NHS in England, as a result of improved..
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DTOCs - A growing piece of a bigger problem?

03 Jul 2017

Posted In Healthcare

Blog 2 of 2. DTOC statistics don't always show the full picture when it comes to factors affecting the safe and timely discharge of patients.  Our expert practitioner discusses the bigger picture of..
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Delayed Transfers of Care (DTOCs) - Exploring the issue

24 May 2017

Posted In Healthcare

Blog 1 of 2. In this journal entry our expert practitioner Stephen Tucker looks at the DTOC figures to better understand the scope and severity of the issue on patient flow and the need for STPs as a..
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‘One in 10’ patients face long delays...

15 Feb 2017

Posted In Healthcare

BBC News reports that 475,000 patients in England waited for over four hours for a ward bed in 2015-2016. This equates to 11% of the 4.2 million people admitted to hospital.
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The NHS productivity problem

14 Apr 2015

Posted In Healthcare

The Health Foundation – an independent think tank – recently published its findings into NHS productivity and the figures do not make for comfortable reading: NHS hospitals have only improved..
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Learning from the vanguard

13 Mar 2015

Posted In Healthcare

The new vanguard sites announced this week may be the first steps toward a genuine shift in NHS thinking, but it is crucially important that, upon completion of the vanguard pilots, the bottom up..
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Cancelled procedures and the need for a broader view at a local level

26 Feb 2015

Posted In Healthcare

The increase in cancelled surgical procedures highlights that whilst new models of system-wide integrated care are vital to the long term sustainability of the NHS, there remains a pressing need to..
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Gaining control of A&E

16 Dec 2014

Posted In Healthcare

By improving efforts to understand and take control of it’s supply chain, the NHS will be able to simultaneously reduce its expenditure on temporary staff and improve the patient experience in A&E.
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Improving care: sharing intelligent information

08 Dec 2014

Posted In Healthcare

Making the silos of data, that the NHS collects, available to front line staff will help the health & care system to progress towards a culture of continuous improvement.
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Key takeaways from the NHS Confederation Conference 2014

09 Jul 2014

Posted In Healthcare

Transparency, Quality and safety: There must be no turning back the clock on Francis: "Unsafe care is one of the most expensive things you can do." - Jeremy Hunt. £1.3bn of the NHS budget is spent on..
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