The NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement has launched the improved second version of the No Delays Achiever, a web-based tool created to help NHS organisations achieve the government objective of 18 weeks from referral to treatment.
The new version, available since 23 February 2007, comes as 13 local health authorities pledged to meet the government's 18-week treatment target a year before the rest of the NHS.
The No Delays Achiever is available free to all within the NHS, allowing users to look at patient pathways within their area, assess time taken between the stages of referral, diagnosis and treatment, and identify where delays might be occurring.
Originally launched to the NHS in November 2006, it currently has 144 NHS organisations registered as users. The updated version includes easier navigation and more detailed information on patient journeys.
One operational manager who has been trained on how to use the No Delays Achiever said: "This is fantastic. I've already contacted my medical director and arranged to meet him to show him the No Delays Achiever."
Julia Taylor, No Delay Priority programme director at the NHS Institute, said: "At a time when there is such focus on achieving the 18-week objectives, it's imperative that trusts are aware of the No Delays Achiever – a free, easy to use tool that will enable them to take steps towards addressing waiting time issues in their areas."
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