PERFORMANCE: University Hospitals of Leicester Trust has seen a “dramatic improvement” in the time taken to admit emergency patients.

From 19 November to 11 December, the average number of daily breaches of the target to admit patients within 30 minutes was nine a day. According to board papers, this is a “dramatic improvement” on the preceding 23 days, when the average daily number of breaches was 52.

For the week ending 27 November, the trust was ranked joint 7th highest performer among acute trusts with a type 1 emergency department.

This follows a series of “rapid changes” in November. This includes:

  • Improved prediction of capacity requirements
  • Greater emphasis on discharge earlier in the day
  • Using IT as a lever for change and to reduce inefficiencies
  • Dialogue with partner organisations and commissioners regarding potential additional rehabilitation capacity and nursing/care home facilities for CHC patients, which has been supported

In addition, a number of investments on a nonrecurrent basis have been taken supported by the emergency care network.