Emergency college appoints first female president
The Royal College of Emergency Medicine has elected a new president just as the debate around the future of the four-hour waiting time standard reaches a critical point. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - March 15, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Public satisfaction with the NHS and social care in 2018: Results from the British Social Attitudes survey
Public satisfaction with the NHS overall continued to fall in 2018. Overall satisfaction was 53%, a 3% drop from the previous year and the lowest level since 2007, due to concerns about long waiting times; staff shortages; a lack of funding; and money being wasted. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Four-hour A & E target moves closer to being scrapped
Pilots will test a raft of measures including shorter waits for the most serious conditions Related items fromOnMedica Experts urge radical action on mental health crises Patients report better overall satisfaction with A&E Winter A&E waiting time cases quadruple over seven years Safeguarding: what lies ahead for 2019 Eight in ten stillbirths might have been avoided (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 12, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

The King's Fund responds to plans to pilot changes to NHS waiting times targets
(Source: The King's Fund - Press)
Source: The King's Fund - Press - March 11, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: smurphy Source Type: news

Hospitals face tough new sepsis rules
Trusts will be contractually obliged to ensure full compliance with new guidelines Related items fromOnMedica Doctors must give parents explicit advice on spotting sepsis Eight in ten stillbirths might have been avoided Winter A&E waiting time cases quadruple over seven years Patients report better overall satisfaction with A&E Better GP access would cut A&E misuse (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 11, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

MPs say CCG performance will have to improve
CCG numbers set to reduce in commissioning changes Related items fromOnMedica Social prescribing workers to ease GP pressure Can medicine be cured? Experts urge radical action on mental health crises CCGs flawed because of multiple accountability Winter A&E waiting time cases quadruple over seven years (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 8, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Satisfaction with NHS 'hits 11-year low'
The public is concerned about lack of staffing and waiting times, according to a long-running survey. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - March 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS public satisfaction falls to lowest level in 11 years
Satisfaction with GP services drops to 63% Related items fromOnMedica Can medicine be cured? GPs in catch-22 over appointment length and rising demand Public wants NHS to prioritise 7-day GP access GPs welcome 'biggest reform to services in 15 years' Winter A&E waiting time cases quadruple over seven years (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 7, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Revealed: The trusts where A&E has slipped most
Waiting time performance for major emergency admissions at one London trust has deteriorated by 29 percentage points in the last two years, HSJ can reveal. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 28, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Physios to be first contact for common aches and pains in GP practices
Roll-out is part of NHS Long-Term Plan and follows successful nationwide pilots Related items fromOnMedica The new GP contract: transforming primary care, transforming CVD prevention Public want extra NHS cash to be spent on bringing down waiting times One in five patients in Wales struggled to get GP appointment last year Eight in ten stillbirths might have been avoided Call for NHS England to ‘think again’ on limiting treatment (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 25, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

How our practice cut average appointment waiting times from two weeks to two days
Stratford Village Surgery in East London, which cares for around 10,000 patients, used to struggle to meet demand and its patients were sometimes waiting for over two weeks to be seen.  However, after introducing a new online triage system, the surgery managed to reduce average waiting times for appointments from two weeks to two days.  GP and medical director at Stratford Village Surgery Dr Bhupinder Kohli tells Management in Practice how they achieved this. The problem Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - February 22, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: vfiore Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Patient Access Latest News Source Type: news

Cash injection to help cut waiting times
Initial £27m awarded to health boards Related items fromOnMedica Bed crisis leaves surgeons 'kicking their heels' Fewer staff in NHS needed to get finances balanced MPs question NHS budget claims Five-year plan for general practice unveiled NHS workforce demands end to 1% pay cap (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 22, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Waiting times at A&E in England are at their worst EVER with the NHS 'fighting a losing battle'
Data from NHS England shows just 84.4 per cent of A&E patients were treated or admitted in four hours in January, compared to the 95 per cent target. The target was last hit in July 2015. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Worst waiting list trust looks to outsourcing
The trust with the worst elective waiting times performance is outsourcing work to other NHS trusts and a private provider, and restricting out-of-area referrals. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 8, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Trust to resume waiting time reports after checking 2 million records
A hospital trust that had to check two million patient records when its data system was revealed to be faulty is to start re-reporting its waiting time data. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 6, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Include NHS workplace culture in formal performance targets, says report
This should be measured just like finances or A&E waiting times, recommends change culture specialist firm Related items fromOnMedica Plans afoot to end cover-up culture in NHS Threat of prosecution could scupper transparency New guidance spells out doctors ’ duty of candour to admit mistakes Treatment of whistleblowers a “stain on NHS”, say MPs £1.5bn of NHS savings the government must not miss (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 6, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS launches revolutionary plan to cut GP waiting times
The NHS is recruiting 22,000 healthcare professionals to treat patients for minor conditions and ease the pressure on GPs as part of a new deal with the British Medical Association. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 31, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

RCN warns axing A & E waiting targets could put patients at risk
Axing the four-hour waiting time target for accident and emergency care would have an “adverse effect” on patient safety, a leading nurse unionist has warned. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - January 29, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Rural health care: a rapid review of the impact of rurality on the costs of delivering health care.
The Nuffield Trust was commissioned by the National Centre for Rural Health and Care to explore the key issues around the impact of rurality and sparsity on the costs of delivering health care. The analysis suggests that while the association between rurality, overstretched services and financial pressure are unclear, NHS trusts with'unavoidably small'sites do appear to underperform: as well as having generally longer waiting times and lengths of stay, they are also in greater financial difficulty. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS financial sustainability report 2017-18
Report suggests larger waiting lists, slippage in waiting times and substantial deficits in some parts of the system (offset by surpluses elsewhere) do not add up to a picture that they can describe as sustainable. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

X-ray scans powered by AI could slash waiting times for expert diagnosis
The study, carried out at the University of Warwick, makes use of computer vision and machine learning to speed up the identification of anomalies and refers them to a human specialist. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Existing waiting targets could be scrapped in favour of prioritisation
NHS England ’s Long-Term Plan could lead to greater focus on patients being seen according to need rather than time waited Related items fromOnMedica Winter A&E waiting time cases quadruple over seven years Patients report better overall satisfaction with A&E CQC tells Trust to improve safety of 111 service Ensure GPs fully support hospitals over winter pressures Better GP access would cut A&E misuse (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 8, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Four-hour A & E waiting time target could be scrapped
Simon Stevens, head of NHS England, said hospitals needed to make an official distinction between targets for A&E patients who needed to be seen quickly and those who could wait. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

No commitment on waiting time targets in long-term plan
The NHS long-term plan has set no commitment on when the service will get back to meeting its core statutory access targets. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 7, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

How is the NHS performing? December 2018 quarterly monitoring report
Eight out of ten NHS trust finance directors say that funding pressures have led to longer waiting times for people who need mental health treatment. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - January 4, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Why So Many Women Travel to Denmark for Fertility Treatments
Holly Ryan knows the biological father of her children has two sisters, is a Coldplay fan, and doesn’t like eating chicken in pasta dishes. She knows his mother is a nurse and his father is a policeman, and that his aunt has green eyes and curly hair. She even has a photo of him as a child, and an audio recording of his voice. But Ryan, 41, doesn’t know his name and has never met him. More than six years ago, she decided she wanted to start a family. “Once you commit to trying to get pregnant, it becomes a kind of obsession,” says Ryan, the director of a talent agency for TV directors, producers and...
Source: TIME: Health - January 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Naina Bajekal/Copenhagen Tags: Uncategorized Denmark Source Type: news

Shorten pedestrians' perceived waiting time: the effect of tempo and pitch in audible pedestrian signals at red phase - Cao Y, Zhuang X, Ma G.
Long waiting time at red light leads to negative experiences and red-light running behaviors. To shorten pedestrians' experienced waiting time, this study explores how the tempo and pitch in audible pedestrian signals influence time estimation. In a simula... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Pedestrians and Bicycles Source Type: news

Mental health funding squeeze has lengthened waiting times, say NHS finance leads
(Source: The King's Fund - Press)
Source: The King's Fund - Press - December 21, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: badams Source Type: news

Demand for A & E at record high in November
But discharge targets fell to record low Related items fromOnMedica NHS figures paint ‘bleak picture’ for staff and patients Eight in ten stillbirths might have been avoided Conditions in the NHS have worsened, new report shows Winter A&E waiting time cases quadruple over seven years NHS funding falls short of 4% needed for improvements (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 14, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Patients spend a record £1BILLION on private operations
There are more than four million people on waiting lists for NHS treatment in England and national waiting time targets haven't been met for at least two years. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Patients could soon be Skyping doctors as far as India in a bid to slash NHS waiting times
Technology has the potential for long-term solutions, a report from the UK's General Medical Council said. They warned  the medical profession is at 'the brink of a breaking point'. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS needs 10,000 more beds to meet winter demand
Analysis predicts NHS set for worse winter pressures Related items fromOnMedica Winter A&E waiting time cases quadruple over seven years NHS figures paint ‘bleak picture’ for staff and patients NHS performance figures show ‘the writing is on the wall’ NHS ends financial year almost £1bn in deficit NHS England last met a key target in February 2016 (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 6, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS Wales aims to speed up cancer diagnosis for all
It will become the first UK nation to introduce a new single waiting-time target for cancer patients. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A FIFTH of NHS hospitals are failing to treat their patients on time
Analysis has revealed 29 out of 157 hospital trusts and boards in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are missing targets for A&E, cancer and surgery waiting times. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The hospitals that 'never treat patients on time'
Nearly one in five local hospital services have failed to hit their key waiting time targets for a whole year. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The hospitals that fail to treat patients on time
Nearly one in five local hospital services have failed to hit their key waiting time targets for a whole year. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS faces a 'shortage of 350,000 staff and spiralling waiting times by 2030', experts warn 
Health experts have warned the NHS they have 'very little time' to act if they want to prevent a catastrophic staffing deficit by 2030. The NHS is already strained by 107,000 unfilled jobs. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

More than 3,000 people waited over a year for treatment
‘Staff shortages at the heart of missed targets’ Related items fromOnMedica 100,000 people in NI wait over a year for hospital treatment Scottish government plans to bring down NHS waiting times by 2021 Public want extra NHS cash to be spent on bringing down waiting times NHS suffering a ‘year-round crisis’ in emergency care NHS performance figures paint ‘extremely worrying picture’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 9, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Brexit could leave health and social care 51,000 nurses short
Future immigration system must be responsive and agile, and consider skills – not just salary Related items fromOnMedica GPs warn government: fund service properly or it will collapse Winter A&E waiting time cases quadruple over seven years EU migrants contribute more to the NHS than they consume Vital that parties tackle NHS funding shortfall Doctors bear burden of Government ’s financial failure (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 6, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Public want extra NHS cash to be spent on bringing down waiting times
Nearly three out of four poll respondents opted to cut waits for planned treatment Related items fromOnMedica One in five patients in Wales struggled to get GP appointment last year Patients face ‘postcode lottery’ for GP access, Royal College warns Government publishes vision for future of general practice Blurred lines (where Improving Access and Out of Hours meet) Public fear NHS will not be free in the future (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 5, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Shortage of Histopathologists in the United Kingdom Now Contributing to Record-Long Cancer-Treatment Waiting Times in England
Only 3% of histopathology departments that responded to the Royal College of Pathologists’ workforce census reported enough staff to meet clinical demand There is a chronic shortage of histopathologists in the United Kingdom (UK) and it is being blamed for cancer treatment waiting times that now reach the worst-ever levels, as National Health Service (NHS) […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - October 31, 2018 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory Hiring & Human Resources Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing anatomic pathology BBC clinical laboratory Dark Daily dark intelligence group Dark Source Type: news

Plymouth hospital in 'pioneering' deal with private health company
The trust said the deal would reduce waiting times but Labour called it 'front door privatisation'. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Teleflex ’ s NeuroTract touts UK Urolift decision
Teleflex (NYSE:TFX) subsidiary NeoTract said today that the UK Government selected the UroLift system, intended to treat patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia, as one of seven Accelerated Access Collaborative “Rapid Uptake Products.” The Wayne, Penn.-based company said that the system will now receive support from the Accelerated Access Collaborative which will increase its use by the UK’s NHS. The decision to include the device in the list follows its placement last year by NHS England as a recipient of the Innovation and Technology Tariff, which also helped support uptake of the trea...
Source: Mass Device - October 24, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Urology Teleflex Source Type: news

Scottish government plans to bring down NHS waiting times by 2021
Health Secretary launches £850m plan to meet waiting time targets by 2021 Related items fromOnMedica Scottish government pledges ‘significant investment’ in primary care GMC praises Scottish medical schools' recruitment initiatives Scotland reveals plans to cut impact of type 2 diabetes Brexit creates uncertainty for EU care workers in Scotland Sharp increase in vacant consultant posts in Scotland (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 24, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Modelling passenger waiting time using large-scale automatic fare collection data: an Australian case study - Tavassoli A, Mesbah M, Shobeirinejad A.
Passenger waiting time at transit stops is an important component of overall travel time and is perceived to be less desirable than in-vehicle travel time or access time. Therefore, an accurate model to estimate waiting time is necessary to better plan for... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

Access to children and young people ’s mental health services
A report from Education Policy Institute examines access to specialist services, waiting times for treatment, and provision for those children that are not able to receive treatment, using information from child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) and local authorities in England. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - October 11, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Check NHS cancer, A&E, ops and mental health targets in your area
Use our tracker to check whether your local services are meeting waiting-time targets for cancer, routine operations, A&E and mental health treatment. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Prioritizing Patients in Push Toward Value-Based Care
Previously, we discussed how medtech companies can prepare for the transition to value-based care. Specifically, these organizations need to start going beyond just providing medical devices and products to their customers and focus more on providing comprehensive and connected systems that help deliver integrated care. This, however, needs common collaboration between vendors, which are too often direct competitors and therefor pushing for their own more expensive complete solutions.   Interoperability and health data exchange have become a top priority for providers. Along with EMRs, all machines being utiliz...
Source: MDDI - October 3, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Corrina Kane Tags: Business Source Type: news