Winter Flow Project 2017/18
In 2015 we launched the ‘Winter Flow Project’ in an effort to highlight the difficulties facing an NHS struggling with unprecedented financial difficulties and insufficient resources.
The project looked at patient flow within Emergency Departments over the winter. It was great success because of the generosity of its contributors, with over 50 NHS Trusts and Health boards from across the UK submitting data over a six month period. This data helped to provide a better understanding system pressures and 4 hour standard performance.
This enabled the RCEM to broaden the debate around emergency medicine beyond the usual narrow focus on the 4 hour standard, and meant that providers, commissioners, the national press, and Governments in each of the nations of the UK were better informed about the challenges you face.
The project has proven invaluable and is now it its third year. As was the case for 2015/16, the project will collect the following data points on a weekly basis:
- Type one 4 hour standard performance
- The number of acute beds in service
- The number of cancelled elective operations
- The number of patients in their trust for whom hospitalisation in an acute trust is no longer medically required.
However, in an effort to reflect on-going difficulties in recruiting sufficient numbers of permanent staff the project for this coming year will also add a fifth measure:
- The number of locum staff employed within your Emergency Department.
The project will run from the beginning of October 2017 to 31st March 2018. All the information submitted will be anonymised and aggregated to provide a system wide picture while avoiding unhelpful scrutiny of individual sites. Moreover, the data will only be discussed and published in aggregate form.
If you would like to participate in the project then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
by Friday 15 September 2017. This will allow sufficient time for our policy team to supply any further guidance and help you might need in order to take part.