The NHS is in the middle of its worst winter in decades, with management and consultants alike fearing that hospitals will face even more intolerable pressures over the next few months.
Currently, A&E waits and ambulance delays are at their worst levels on record. According to the BBC, more than 40% of ambulance crews were forced to wait over half an hour to hand over patients in the week up to 1st January 2023, a higher level than even at the peak of the Coronavirus pandemic. This, combined with the nurse and ambulance staff strikes in December 2022 and January 2023, means that routine care provisions in the NHS continue to be disrupted.
Not only that, but hospitals around the country are being forced to declare critical incidents as the cancellation of routine procedures continues to mount, resulting in ever increasing waiting lists for patients seeking treatment. According to data from NHS England, there were more than 7 million people waiting for operations or other treatments in December 2022, with nearly 800,000 awaiting trauma and orthopaedic treatments. Moreover, around 3.5 million of those patients had been waiting for their treatment for more than 18 weeks, meaning that the NHS is unfortunately nowhere near achieving their waiting list targets.
So, with record numbers of workers leaving the NHS, and ever-increasing workloads in NHS elective care, how can technology be used to lessen the administrative burden of internal processes, but still maintain high quality care for patients?
This is where Amplitude Clinical Outcomes can help. As the leading supplier of electronic patient reported outcome measures (ePROMs) to both the NHS and the private healthcare sector in the UK, we provide clinicians and hospitals with a flexible and adaptable platform that can integrate with existing systems to automate workflows and help them monitor patients remotely. Therefore, minimising unnecessary outpatient visits by patients who are progressing as expected and freeing up clinicians to assess and manage those most in need.
Collecting PROMs electronically allows consultants to review their patients’ clinical scores alongside the patients’ quality of life questionnaires. This allows consultants to easily assess the severity of the problem and identify those patients most in need of treatment, resulting in a positive effect on waiting list management.