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    Wednesday, 25 July 2018 14:03
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    Friday, 20 July 2018 14:51
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    Monday, 02 July 2018 16:45
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    Scotland to expand international recruitment for doctors and nurses

    Friday, 22 June 2018 16:07
  • GP trainee round 1 recruitment increases 10%

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a traffic light imageApril 23 2018

A pilot scheme is highlighting anticipated waiting times for a hospital referral, using an ‘e-traffic light’ system. When a GP is wanting to make the referral, a green light on the referral system indicates a hospital has spare capacity, while a red light indicates a hospital has longer waiting times. 

Results from two London trials over the winter indicate that red lights reduced referrals to overbooked hospitals by nearly 40%, while green lights increased referrals to hospitals with available capacity by 14%.

“The Capacity Alert system was developed after NHS England commissioned the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) to come up with ways of helping hospital trusts ease pressure on services,” said NHS England. Following the success of the trials in North East and South West London, BIT is now supporting the roll-out of the Capacity Alert system across the NHS in England.

Hannah Burd, Senior Advisor at the Behavioural Insights Team, said: “It’s in all our interests that patients and GPs have the most up to date information about their options when deciding where to go for care. This simple and cheap intervention supports these conversations and helps the referrals system to run more efficiently.”

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, RCGP Chair, added: “Sometimes the most simple-sounding ideas are the most effective, and this scheme appears to be a relatively straightforward way of improving the interface between primary and secondary care, in order to make our patients’ journey through the NHS as seamless as possible. We look forward to seeing how this idea translates to other areas of the country in the best interests of patients and the wider NHS.”

Link:
NHS England announcement     

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