Find out more about our strategy and plans for planned care and how well we are performing.
CCGs focus on the legal rights to choice of provider and team for a first elective (planned) referral in physical and mental health services, as this is at the heart of the NHS choice policy. The commitment restated in the NHS Five Year Forward View highlights the longstanding promise to 'give patients choice over where and how they receive care', with one of the key aims of the latest planning guidance being to significantly improve patient choice by 2020.
Connected to this is the national standard of referral to treatment time, waiting times matter to patients. Most patients want to be referred, diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.
Patients can and do use waiting times information to inform their choice of where to be referred and also to understand how long they might expect to wait before starting their treatment.
This high level of achievement for utilisation of e-referrals builds on historic work when we had a team supporting the roll-out of 'choose and book' when it was developed initially. This is about using the new e-referral system and in Bradford we support GP practices in having a process in place that enables an administrator to complete the actual referral.
Elective access at our local provider Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has deteriorated for the first time this year with the trust not achieving this standard since May 2016. Shortages of operating department practitioners has resulted from adherence to revised agency payments rules, which has resulted in cancellation of theatre lists, on average 11 lists per week impacting on around 39 patients per week. Despite this, there have been improvements in the following specialties: gynaecology, gastroenterology, pain management and clinical haematology. Pressures continue to be experienced for: general surgery, ENT, plastic surgery and obstetrics. A recovery plan has been written by the trust to resolve this and the trust expected to achieve the 18 week standard by the end of March 2017 by:
The main focus of the task and finish groups overseen by the planned care programme is to reduce inefficiencies within the system. This will be achieved through better management of the patient journey between primary and secondary care, reduction of procedures that yield limited benefit or have poor clinical evidence and reaching agreement between clinicians and patients as to when it is appropriate to refer back into community services or discharge.
The local development of Map of Medicine is now complete, and the tool was rolled out to all Bradford GP practices from 1April 2017. This will underpin the work cited above and will allow the CCG to monitor the engagement of GP practices in delivering the efficiency work at a local level. Through the improvements being made, there should be a reduction in inappropriate referrals, follow-up appointments and clinically-ineffective procedures, therefore freeing up capacity within the system and allowing providers to achieve the 18 week referral to treatment (RTT) target.