Accelerator site programme

We are working with NHS boards to prototype the application of a QI approach to improve access and sustainably reduce waiting times. Three boards were recruited as accelerator sites in October 2019 until the end of October 2020. We have co-designed the delivery of the programme with the accelerator sites.

Each site has identified three pathways to focus their improvement activity:

  • NHS Grampian are focusing on Dermatology, Gynaecology and Urology
  • NHS Lothian are focusing on Dermatology, CAMHS and Urology, and
  • NHS Tayside are focusing on Colorectal, Gynaecology and Urology.

Access QI was paused between March and June 2020 due to COVID-19. In July 2020 we restarted work with NHS Grampian and NHS Tayside.  In response to COVID-19, the aim of the programme expanded to include using a QI approach to remobilise elective care pathways.

 

Updates

Remobilisation

The Accelerator site programme is restarting as NHS boards remobilise their routine elective care services.  NHS Grampian will continue to focus on using QI to improve three elective care pathways. NHS Tayside have changed their local project to focus on using a QI approach to test and rapidly spread a systemic mechanism towards safely remobilising all their elective care services. (Published 24 July 2020)

 

COVID-19

Unfortunately the Accelerator site programme has been suspended due to COVID-19.  We look forward to restarting the programme at a more suitable time in the future. (Published 20 March 2020) 

 

The first accelerator site learning session

The first Access QI learning session took place on 3 March, where our accelerator sites came together to share learning and discuss challenges and successes. Continue reading... (Published 17 March 2020)

 

Project Surgery

The first Project Surgery took place virtually on 29 January. The Access QI team, and delegates from NHS Grampian, NHS Lothian, and NHS Tayside discussed the revised measurement guide and how they will be reporting their collected data on key outcome measures. The accelerator sites also provided an update on the work that is taking place within the pathways. (Published 30 January 2019)

 

Data and Measures session

We held a Data and Measures virtual session on 18 December 2019. The Access QI team, and delegates from NHS Grampian, NHS Lothian and NHS Tayside discussed a draft measurement plan. Historically there have been challenges measuring capacity in pathways, and sites are going to try collecting data on key outcome measures for the end of January. (Published 18 December 2019)

 

Launch event

We held the Access QI launch event on 30 October 2019. It included an introduction to Access QI by Ruth Glassborow, Director of Improvement, and workshops on proposed measures, pathway diagnostic and scheduling systems. (Published 8 November)

 

Accelerator site recruitment

We have recruited NHS Grampian, NHS Lothian and NHS Tayside as accelerator sites. Each site has identified three pathways to focus their improvement activity:
• NHS Grampian are focusing on Dermatology, Gynaecology and Urology,
• NHS Lothian are focusing on Dermatology, CAMHS and Urology, and
• NHS Tayside are focusing on Colorectal, Gynaecology and potentially Urology.
(Published 28 October 2019)

 

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