What is the 18 week pathway NHS?

The maximum waiting time for non-urgent, consultant-led treatments is 18 weeks from the day your appointment is booked through the NHS e-Referral Service, or when the hospital or service receives your referral letter. However, your right to an 18-week waiting time does not apply if: you choose to wait longer.

What is a pathway coordinator NHS?

The pathway coordinator is the point of contact for all administrative issues relating to patients’ pathway of care from referral to discharge. The pathway coordinator works as part of a multi-disciplinary team to ensure the entire patient pathway is managed smoothly.

What is an 18 week validation?

The aim of reviewing waits longer than 18 weeks is to differentiate between legitimately longer waits (where it is not in the patient’s clinical interest or the patient chooses to wait along the pathway) and unnecessary waits longer than 18 weeks.

What is the NHS patient pathway?

The specific route that a particular PATIENT takes from the first REFERRAL REQUEST RECEIVED DATE of a SERVICE REQUEST or the ACTIVITY DATE of the first emergency ACTIVITY where there is no related SERVICE REQUEST.

What does a patient pathway coordinator do?

The PPC is responsible for ensuring the safe and efficient management of the patient throughout their pathway, ensuring the patients and carer experience is central to every stage of the patient journey, and ensuring potential breaches of RTT (referral to treatment) waiting times targets are avoided or escalated to the …

What is a patient pathway officer?

Under the direction of the Administration Manager the Patient Pathway Coordinator will provide. high level administrative support as part of a multi-disciplinary clinical team maintaining efficient. systems and processes relating to patients. This includes maintaining accurate computerised.

When would a patients 18 week RTT clock be nullified?

If the patient is not discharged, a new 18 week clock will start from the date the appointment is re-booked and the previous clock should be stopped and nullified. If a GP or other provider re-refers a patient, a new 18 week clock will start on the date the new referral was made.

What does RTT status mean?

1 RTT status is defined as “the status of an activity (or anticipated activity) for the RTT period, decided by the lead care professional” or in other words: • whether each activity is part of an RTT pathway or not • whether the activity has started an RTT clock, stopped an RTT clock or continued an existing ticking …

How does 18 week support work in the NHS?

By using your spare capacity, we’re able to see a high volume of patients in a short space of time. By contracting 18 Week Support to work in your NHS Trust, we can help treat more patients, reduce waiting times and improve clinical services.

Who are the doctors for 18 week support?

In particular, we’re always looking for consultant physicians and surgeons of varying medical specialties, as well as senior nurses and clinical nursing specialists. 18 Week Support was set up in 2014 with the sole aim of reducing patient waiting times in NHS Trusts across the UK with the help of our highly qualified clinicians.

How does work with US help the NHS?

Many of our clinical leads are industry-leading experts so not only do the patients benefit from their work, but the Trusts we work with are able to improve their own techniques and practices too. We are transparent, ethical, passionate and committed to continually supporting the NHS.

What are the areas covered in the NHS RTT guide?

The guide also covers a number of key areas which support the operational delivery of a good RTT pathway, including demand and capacity planning, elective access policies, performance management and reporting.