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Beyond the spreadsheet

Spreadsheets struggle with the demands of modern NHS planning: complex clinical pathways, the impact of medicine on surgery, and waiting time trajectories. And even if you could solve all that, what would operational managers make of it?

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Planning healthcare in the ultimate detail

  • January 22nd, 2015

  • by Rob Findlay

You can already plan next year's capacity in one big lump. And you can break that plan down week by week. Now you can go even further, and model it patient by patient.

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Capacity planning: feed-the-beast, or vital management information?

  • September 24th, 2014

  • by Rob Findlay

The annual planning round is a bit stale. By transforming planning into a continuous and live management process, we can make sure it changes real life for the better. In a speech to the Association of Professional Healthcare Analysts, I explained how this also creates an important new operational-facing role for analysts.

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Capacity planning for clinical support services

  • July 16th, 2014

  • by Rob Findlay

"Oh, didn't we tell you we're doing a waiting list initiative?" Clinical support services, such as radiology, can feel a bit miffed when they are suddenly hit with a surge of work that was planned ages ago but nobody told them about. Fortunately it's easy to build them into your plans.