ACUTE TRUSTS SEPTEMBER 2005

Published: 06/10/2005 Volume 115 No. 5976 Page 21

Confidence has risen in all but one of the key indicators, according to the latest HSJ Barometer of acute trusts.

Confidence in hitting the December 2005 inpatient wait target has reached an all-time high while confidence in accident and emergency waits has leapt nearly a point since the last Barometer.

But confidence in the quality of primary care trust commissioning continues to fall. A new indicator on confidence in signing off the healthcare commission's 24 core standards next month is positive at 7.93.

The barometer survey is based on a panel of 70 acute chief executives and is carried out every two months. The confidential panel is asked to give a score of 1-10 against key indicators (1 = no confidence, 10 = total confidence).

The Barometer of PCT chief executives will be published on 3 November.

SEP 05 ELECTIVE ACTIVITY

Compared to planned

More 38%

Same 40%

Less 22%

EMERGENCY BED DAYS

Confidence in signing off Healthcare Commission's 24 core standards

NEXT MONTH 7.93

BY NEXT APRIL 8.42

CONFIDENCE IN STAFFING NUMBERS

Medical staff 7.48 (June: 7.13)

Nursing staff 7.73 (6.84)

Therapy staff 7.0 (6.45)

Healthcare scientists 7.13 (6.73)

CONFIDENCE SCORES OUT OF 10

Inpatient access target 05: all-time high 8.69

Outpatient access target 05: recovery to April figure 8.51

A&E waits 98 per cent target: continues to rise 8.82

Financial balance: slight recovery on June 5.71

IT programme: confidence still low 5.31

Clinical improvement: all-time high 7.78

PCT commissioning quality: confidence slumps 3.29

Medical staff numbers: confidence recovers slightly 7.58