Blog tagged as: Measurement and performance

23rd September 2014 | Comments: 4
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?
31st 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.
22nd July 2014 | Comments: 2
If in 2013/14 the NHS struggled to maintain performance even with a recruitment round, the chances it can continue to do so with fewer, rather than more, staff look non-existent, says Richard Murray.
23rd June 2014 | Comments: 3
In The Commonwealth Fund's comparative study of health system performance in 11 countries, the UK ranks first across a range of measures covering quality, access and efficiency of care. But can rankings only tell us so much?
15th April 2014 | Comments: 2
The last time the NHS fell into deficit it came to many as something of a surprise. This time – going by the responses in our latest quarterly monitoring report – it’s looking rather predictable.
12th March 2014 | Comments: 5
With due credit to the hard work of NHS staff and the hours spent on planning, A&E performance this winter is better than it was last year. But why is this? Richard Murray takes a look at the figures in a data blog.
22nd November 2013 | Comments: 3
Whichever way you look at it, responding to Francis and the associated reports was going to be a challenging balancing act for the government.
18th September 2013
In light of our September 2013 quarterly monitoring report, James Thompson investigates the reasons behind the recent decline in the NHS hospital and community health service workforce in England.
10th September 2013 | Comments: 6
Published in the BMJ Quality and Safety today, a research project has examined how quality and safety is prioritised across the NHS in England. Michael West discusses the highlights of this work on the culture of care.
4th September 2013 | Comments: 3
David Oliver looks at the direct and indirect costs associated with falls and fractures, and how we can disentangle these from the costs of the multiple morbidities people who fall often live with.
9th August 2013 | Comments: 2
Can you change culture from Whitehall? Catherine Foot sets out six opportunities for the DH and NHS England to help them prioritise quality of care and safety for patients.
17th July 2013 | Comments: 1
As the NHS now enters its 66th year, how far have we got towards Darzi's vision of clinical and organisational leaders collecting data on quality and using it to continuously improve care?
20th June 2013 | Comments: 14
Ninety-two doctors have been in the news recently over their decision to opt out of the government's plan to publish outcomes data for named consultants. But is publishing outcomes like this the right thing to do?
14th June 2013 | Comments: 2
In his latest blog post, David Oliver argues that new NHS initiatives should be tested for a longer period of time in order to deliver better outcomes across the board.
29th April 2013 | Comments: 27
Pressures on accident and emergency departments have hit the headlines recently. But what are the facts about A&E attendances?
24th April 2013 | Comments: 27
With the urgent and emergency care system under severe pressure, Nigel Edwards looks at how the problems around increasing demand could be addressed.
3rd April 2013
Are the public’s views about the NHS – in particular their satisfaction with the NHS – shaped, influenced or, in some way, linked to support for or identification with political parties?
15th March 2013 | Comments: 1
In his British Medical Journal data briefing, John Appleby examines trends in the number of hospital beds and wonders how low we can go.
12th March 2013 | Comments: 2
Anna Dixon gives her thoughts on the Nuffield Trust's health and social care ratings review into whether there should be a summary rating for hospitals and other care providers.
5th March 2013 | Comments: 3
While demands on accident and emergency departments have always received great attention, Robert Royce highlights that many are still struggling to cope.

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