Monthly Archives: September 2014

CCG troubles over waiting list backlog

THE NHS have stepped in at Barnet CCG where a large backlog of around 179 elective surgery patients waiting over a year has been discovered.

NHS England have issued a legal direction and have brought in new senior management to assist them. The CCG is working on a recovery plan with its main provider, the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

Mike Singer from Checklist commented that “Where Checklist CCG clients have been able to model waiting list breaches in advance, they have often been successful in gaining extra funds to assist. The problem with growing waiting lists is that they don’t tend to fix themselves without intervention. So the more notice you have of a problem, the better.”

Maintaining Capacity & Demand Balance

In a recent report NHS IMAS & McKinsey Hospitals Institute have identified the balancing of capacity and demand as critical to delivering consistent 18-week RTT performance.

It highlights 4 key tasks as:

-          Balancing underlying supply & demand

-          Creating flexibly supply options

-          Defining the shape and size of waiting lists & monitoring both

-          Analysing & managing capacity & demand down to sub-specialty level

The report states that “the most efficient way of understanding the dynamic between demand and capacity and to calculate maximum list sizes, is to use a modelling tool”

Checklist develop and support gold standard planning software for the NHS and healthcare organisations across Australia and Canada. They are ideal for Trusts who wish to graduate from spreadsheets to commercial grade planning solutions.

To find out more contact Anthony Thompson on 0870 241 6494 or email