Blog tagged as: Measurement and performance

9 November 2015 | Comments: 4

Delayed transfers of care, where patients are ready to return home or transfer to another form of care but still occupy a hospital bed, are a hot topic of discussion right now. So what does the latest data tell us?

6 November 2015

Last week, Jeremy Hunt announced the government’s plans to introduce Ofsted-style ratings for CCGs, to help fill what he called the ‘transparency gap’ in the NHS. But are more ratings really what the NHS needs?

5 November 2015 | Comments: 3

None of the choices that George Osborne faces are easy, but there should be no doubt about the implications for the public and politicians of an NHS unable to balance its budget in the face of rising demands. 

12 October 2015 | Comments: 1

Chris Ham reflects on the findings of our review for the Department of Health, which recommends radical simplification and better alignment of existing frameworks for assessing performance in the NHS.

4 August 2015 | Comments: 3
The rising trend in cheaper generic medicines rather than proprietary or ‘branded’ drugs being prescribed and dispensed has saved the NHS billions of pounds and enabled millions more prescriptions to be dispensed.
30 July 2015 | Comments: 3
The rising proportion of operations carried out as day cases over the past few decades has been good for patients and a much more efficient use of NHS resources, says John Appleby.
28 July 2015 | Comments: 4
Lord Carter’s interim report on the productivity of NHS providers includes a new method of comparing operating costs: the Adjusted Treatment Index (ATI). But how will it work, and what does it add?
16 July 2015 | Comments: 1
With health policy announcements coming out almost daily both before and after the election, it’s time to take stock of where we are with NHS waiting times.
19 June 2015 | Comments: 3
Will drawing on a whole range of information about care quality take us a bit closer to a meaningful understanding of what care is like in practice?
11 June 2015 | Comments: 2
There is, of course, and always will be, a debate about just what the pay for top public sector posts should be. But that debate should not start with, let alone end at, the Prime Minister’s salary, says Nick Timmins.
23 April 2015
The public’s concerns about the NHS have been reflected in the political parties’ manifesto promises. But what do the promises add up to, and is the NHS safe in anyone’s hands?
10 April 2015
The last data on NHS performance measures before the election, released this week, shows us what the incoming government will be inheriting. So what does it tell us?
13 February 2015 | Comments: 6
National waiting time performance was meant to be back on track by the end of the year so, with the new waiting times data released by NHS England, how have things been?
17 December 2014 | Comments: 4
It's hard to disagree with the principle that both costs and effects of treatments need to be weighed in order to make decisions about improving value for money and productivity. For a majority of the public however, this is not a principle they hold.
3 December 2014 | Comments: 1
If population health is to be protected, funding for the NHS needs to be safeguarded, but other budgets – for housing, education and leisure facilities – are important too. When it comes to investing in public health measures, which interventions do the public favour?
7 November 2014
After the 18-week waiting time target was breached earlier this year, Jeremy Hunt announced £250 million to bring it back under control. We review the latest data to see how successful this has been so far.
30 October 2014 | Comments: 5
With hospital workloads increasing on all fronts, John Appleby takes a look at the key trends and data to explain what's going on.
24 October 2014 | Comments: 5
How long is it reasonable to wait for treatment of depression after being referred by a GP? The results from the 2013 British Social Attitudes Survey are revealing and suggest that public expectations exceed current policy ambitions.
23 September 2014 | Comments: 6
On the face of it, the CDF would seem perhaps to be a good thing, helping improve the quality of life for people at the end of their lives. But is it either a fair or efficient way for the NHS to spend its limited budget?
31 July 2014 | Comments: 1
Over the past few years we have seen several high-profile failures of care in NHS acute hospitals in England, leading many in the system to question the ability of performance management and regulatory mechanisms to identify and act on poor performance.