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University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire Trust

Waiting List Access and Inequalities Tool

Restoration of elective care at the tail of the pandemic means an inevitable focus on waiting lists but this risks widening health inequalities, says the trust. UHCW has, therefore, developed a mechanism and tool for clinical prioritisation which takes into account the factors driving health inequality and used them to prioritise access to healthcare, thus reducing access inequality.

This not only improves patient experience, but effectively uses resources to provide planned care expeditiously (rather than risk unplanned emergency care) and reduce the risk of deterioration and adverse outcome in those most vulnerable in society. The judges said this project was a great illustration of turning a national health inequalities policy into practice. “With a transformational approach at scale, it should be recognised for its impact and wider potential. Great to see it is already being adopted as a solution by many.”

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