RTT (Consultant) announcements re rules etc. :
Newest at the top:
Updated Consultant RTT - Rules & FAQs Suite - Link: Consultant RTT 18 Weeks Rules Update - dh132424
These supercede the Consultant RTT Rules Refresh in March 2010
Rules: The changes are not major - slightly different wording for some of the awkward areas
FAQ's - these are suggesting what has always been needed - explanation codes for long waits, where the long wait has a good reason for it
The March 2010 rules suite are provided at this link as well, for completeness
Dec 2011 - (released Feb 2012)
Consultant RTT - Published Waiting Time Statistics - Dec 2011
Link: RTT for Consultant Led Treatment - Waiting times data
Link: July RTT data - The DoH blog now posts an article when the RTT figures are released
Link: David Flory Letter - 18 Weeks maximum wait expected to be maintained
Changes to the published RTT statistics:
The ‘Revision to the Operating Framework for the NHS in England 2010/11’, published in June 2010, stated that performance management of the 18 weeks waiting time target by the Department of Health has ceased. New statistical measures, the median and 95th percentile RTT waiting times, are being published every month to enable a fuller package of measures for the NHS, patients and the public to monitor waiting times for NHS treatment.
The percentage of patients treated within 18 weeks will continue to be published alongside these new measures as it is still of interest to NHS organisations, patients and the public.
The Primary Care Trusts and Strategic Health Authorities (Waiting Times) Directions 2010: http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsLegislation/DH_113557
DoH Letter that PCT's must continue to commission services to deliver 18 weeks waits
(with the impending cuts)
Link: Reviewing patients who have waited longer than 18 weeks
Suggesting audit of sample of long waiters to identify underlying causes
Link: IPT Performance Sharing and Choose & Book issues
Original RTT for AHP Rules - Link: Original AHP RTT Rules- March 2010
but see revised guide, Dec 2011 below
Community Information Dataset (CIDS) FAQ's:
This is a new dataset from April 2011, (similar to the outpatient CDS) to monitor Community delivered treatment.
RTT for AHPs data will eventually flow via the CIDS - Link: Implementation of CIDS
The FAQs are useful reading - Link: CIDS FAQs
RTT for AHP Allied Health Professions update - Dec 2011
Link: DoH Blog Post
Link: AHP Referral to treatment (RTT) Revised guide on the DH website on the 22nd December 2011 (dh-13169),
Link: AHP RTT January Update
Karen Middleton letter:
Encouraging flow of RTT for AHP data via the new Community Dataset:
This flow to be mandated for April 2014
With the release of the Allied Health Professions (AHP) Referral to treatment (RTT) Revised guide on the DH website on the 22nd December 2011, this is an opportune time to clarify the requirement for the collection of AHP RTT data locally.
From 1 April 2011, all AHPs delivering NHS funded services in community, acute and mental health settings were encouraged to collect AHP RTT data for local reporting purposes.
A local Information Standards Notice (ISN) published in August 2011 informs the NHS of the Community Information Data Set (CIDS). This data set, which includes AHP RTT data items, provides national definitions for secondary uses data that will generate reliable information for local and national monitoring and reporting for effective commissioning.
The local ISN for CIDS should be recognised by all NHS funded providers of community services and suppliers of community information systems, and requires that suppliers of community systems must ensure that systems are fully compliant with the standard by August 2013. All providers of community services must be fully conformant with this standard capturing the information required by April 2014.
See link for full details and more links
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They provided a lot of facilitation for GP systems, eg EMIS
They are having a session on use of open source software
For more on open source for the NHS see: http://www.ehealthopensource.org
NHS Networks: http://www.networks.nhs.uk/
has useful posts
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