RTT: The Highest Risk Organisations: June 2015

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What a month! We are delighted with the government announcement that two of the three RTT standards will be abolished. As we have said on here before – the admitted and non-admitted standards led to perverse incentives – where the longest waiting patients were not being treated in order to manipulate these two standards.


Focussing on the incomplete standard will remove these perversions. Our analysis has always penalised Trusts more heavily for incomplete performance but we have now modified it to look exclusively at this standard moving forward.


And so the latest NHS England waiting times have been released based on data from April 2015.


This month the overall waiting list has continued to grow adding circa 19,000 patients to last months already highest total.


At individual hospital level three Trusts stand out for special mention this month. Two for the wrong reasons and one for the right reason:


Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have dropped from top of the pile to eighth. Well done to the team for clearing their longest waiting patients – long may it continue!


Sadly, East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, who had a shocking last month have continued to get worse – making them now the worst Trust in England. Special mention also goes to Brighton and Sussex NHS University Hospitals NHS Trust who have jumped from eleventh to fourth and look to be in trouble.


As usual our Trust rankings are compiled through statistical analysis of past and current performance to give organisations a risk-adjusted ranking and whether their performance is getting worse or better.


Again, we have looked at organisations in three ways:


  • The Shelford Group: the self-styled “leading group of hospitals” in the NHS;
  • Foundation Trusts: hospitals that have earned the right to more freedom from government policy;
  • Non-Foundation Trusts: all the rest of the hospitals.


Why not have a look and see where your local Trust comes in our league table. You can download the list for free HERE


If you work at any of the Trusts mentioned why not get in touch to see if MBI Health Group can help you. Email us now at