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Wave 3 of elective care challenge is underway

We’re underway in Wave 3 of a 100 Day Challenge aimed at improving elective care referrals, outpatient arrangements and shared decision-making.

Doncaster & Bassetlaw and Somerset have held their local launch events while Dudley and West Suffolk launch on Thursday and Friday respectively.

The four sites are selecting interventions that can help improve elective care in urology, ENT and cardiology.

The Wave 3 100 Day Challenge period ends in April and we’ll publish handbooks and case studies during the summer.

Meanwhile, clinicians and managers in local health and care systems in Stockport, central Norfolk, Lincolnshire and Dorset are around one month into the Wave 2 100 Day Challenge.

They are testing out interventions in elective care services for diabetes, dermatology and ophthalmology.

Outlines of the interventions tested and very early results and lessons will be published in handbooks for each specialty in mid-late May.

See the Wave 1 handbooks about MSK/orthopaedics and gastroenterology.

Webinars will explore how to transform MSK and gastroenterology elective care

The Elective Care Transformation Programme is holding four lunchtime webinars to guide commissioners and providers through its handbooks and case studies setting out new approaches in MSK/orthopaedics and gastroenterology.

They will feature learning from the 100 Day Challenge process undertaken by three local health systems in the two specialties. The three local health systems tested interventions aimed at improving elective care referrals and outpatient arrangements and boosting self-management and shared decision-making in MSK/orthopaedics and gastroenterology.

  • 14 February 1pm Introduction to the handbooks and specialty based transformation in elective care
  • 21 February 1pm Rethinking referrals in MSK and Gastroenterology Elective Care
  • 28 February 1pm Shared decision making and self-management in MSK and Gastroenterology in Elective Care
  • 7 March 1pm Transforming Outpatients in MSK and Gastroenterology Elective Care.

Dial-in details are available on our webinar page here.

Wave 2 rapid testing gets underway

The chilly weather hasn’t stopped the launch of the second wave of rapid testing of interventions aimed at improving elective care referrals, outpatient arrangements and shared decision-making.

Clinicians and managers in local health and care systems in Stockport, central Norfolk, Lincolnshire and Dorset have started the 100 day challenge over the last fortnight.

They are testing out interventions in elective care services for diabetes, dermatology and ophthalmology.

Outlines of the interventions tested and very early results and lessons will be published in handbooks for each specialty early next summer.

See the Wave 1 handbooks about MSK/orthopaedics and gastroenterology here.

Join our webex for potential Wave 4 sites

The Elective Care Transformation Programme (ECTP) is seeking expressions of interest from local healthcare economies to take part in Wave 4 of its work. This involves rapid testing of interventions designed to slow the growth of referrals and improve outpatient arrangements in the specialties listed above.

Clinical commissioning groups and their partners have the chance to get involved in transforming elective care in respiratory services, general surgery and gynaecology in Wave 4. This is an opportunity for frontline clinicians to be involved in the 100 day challenge methodology to test interventions in the specialties to manage growing demand

The programme is holding a webex at 4pm on 4 December to explain what the process involves and to highlight both the delivery and outcomes from the first three waves. Register here for the webex.

The activity would suit partnerships of organisations already working together across the elective care pathway. Our experience from the first three waves suggests that the rapid learning process works best on a smaller geographical scale rather than at an entire STP level.

ECTP director Dr Linda Charles-Ozuzu said: “Clinicians lead our work from the front – they select the interventions they want to test locally. At just 100 days, each wave of testing is intense but we make sure local partnerships have the resources and support they need to stand the best chance of transforming elective care referrals and outpatient appointments in the particular specialties they are focussing on.”