1: Establish the current situation
We will start by gathering data about the current situation in your chosen bed pools, and hold initial director-level discussions about the acceptable clinical and operational risks caused by insufficient non-elective beds. The agenda is:
2: Perform the initial statistical analyses
We’ll get straight down to business, to perform the initial statistical analyses and produce bed diagrams showing how risk is currently borne in the organisation’s bed pools, and how that varies at times of high demand.
We will then present the initial findings to senior managers and clinicians, and agree an initial ‘long list’ of improvement scenarios to investigate in each bed pool for reducing excessive risks and managing costs.
The scenarios are likely to include:
3: Develop improvement scenarios
As your improvement plans progress, we will be standing by to take in further amendments to the scenarios and assumptions, and send the updated analyses to you for inclusion into further drafts.
Beds are vital to patient safety and operational effectiveness.
They are worth getting right. It’s time to move away from the broad generalisations about bed occupancy that have served the NHS so inadequately over the years, and start planning beds properly based on acceptable risk.