This compendium accompanies our report on NHS Waiting Times for Elective Care in Wales. The aim is to set out some examples of practices from Wales and further afield that have potential to improve waiting times for patients.
The compendium focuses primarily on elective, or planned, care. It starts with broader issues around understanding demand, planning capacity and whole-system change.
It then goes on to look at examples of specific initiatives aimed at improving parts of the patient pathway including improving the efficiency and effectiveness of outpatient services, diagnostic services, clinical decision making with patients and inpatient services.