We're measuring, reporting and reducing our carbon emissions
In September 2022, Rotamap implemented a long-term carbon accounting strategy. We now measure and report our carbon emissions. This article describes why we've taken these steps and what we intend for the future.
Theatre delivery and COVID-19 recovery, then vs now
A comparison of UK Anaesthetics department data, before COVID-19 and now.
Spring 2022 benchmarks
At our Spring event, Angus Mills and Georgia Hayllar presented our Spring 2022 benchmarking data packs. Work delivered, extra usage and absence data formed the basis of the discussion as we looked at the impact of COVID19 and the recovery of departments.
Illustrating the impact of COVID-19 on clinical service provision
An examination of the impact of COVID-19 on clinical service provision across 160 anaesthetic departments, identifying and discussing per-department and national trends
October 2021 benchmarks
The October 2021 benchmarks were generated for our Autumn 2021 online forum. The benchmarking packs allow departments to anonymously compare different service metrics to other similar departments.
NHSi's Workforce Plans: digital ecosystems
NHS England/Improvement announced that all Trusts must use e-rostering software for their clinical workforce, and set out a plan to create common interoperability standards to promote a digital ecosystem of modular services from different suppliers. This document summarises our current approach to interoperability, and how that reconciles with NHS England/Improvement's intentions.
April 2021 benchmarks
We have released our latest benchmarking report, which includes data relating to the impact of Covid-19 on anaesthetic departments. An overview of the data can be seen here.
Spring 2021 online forum: Australia and New Zealand
On Friday 26 March 2021, Rotamap hosted its first online forum for current and prospective users of CLWRota and Medirota in Australia and New Zealand. The forum included talks from the Rotamap team and 3 guest speakers.
Autumn update: The impact of COVID-19 on UK hospital departments
At our online event in October 2020, we discussed common data trends and patterns from CLWRota and Medirota across the past 12 months, looking closely at the impact of COVID-19 on departmental activity, leave and cancellations.
The impact of COVID-19 on UK anaesthetic departments
An analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on the activity of UK anaesthetics departments, focusing on changes in all-department activity, cancellations and sickness.
Rotamap's response to COVID-19
Many of our users have been impacted by the operational issues imposed by COVID-19. This article details our response to COVID-19 and how we have developed new features and adapted our work to continue supporting our users.
October 2019 benchmarks
The October 2019 benchmarks were sent out in advance of our Autumn 2019 event at Farmers and Fletchers in London. The benchmarking packs are compiled according to the report settings configuration in CLWRota and Medirota. Information on how to change CLWRota and Medirota report settings can be found in the Reports configuration guide.
NHSi's Workforce Plans: briefing notes
In November 2018 NHS Improvement announced plans to develop required standards for NHS workforce deployment systems focusing on the requirements for electronic rostering, job planning, junior doctor and staff agency services. This document summarises the current status of NHSi's plans and Rotamap's views, as a specialist provider of electronic rostering services for doctors.
Jos de Blok: Keep It Small, Keep It Simple
This article focuses on the home-care organisation Buurtzorg and the work of its CEO and founder, Jos de Blok. This provides some notes on Jos' presentation delivered as speaker at Rotamap's Spring 2019 Event, and a summary of Buurtzorg's innovative organisational structure and practices.
Autumn 2018 benchmarks
At our our Autumn 2018 event at the Stanley Building by King's Cross in Central London, Jacob Kirk presented an analysis based on Rotamap's system Service Reports. The talk focused on how heatmaps, p-charts and other visualisations of department data can help provide insights for improving department performance through reducing variation.
March 2018 benchmarks
At our our Spring event at the RSA in central London, Jacob Kirk and Tom Kelly presented our latest benchmarking data packs. Cross departmental analysis, surgical theatre and clinic usage and anaesthetic trainee activity were among some of the topics discussed.
March 2019 benchmarks
At our our Spring event at the RSA in London, Rachel Christie and Tom Bermejo presented our latest benchmarking data packs. Departmental extra usage p-charts, cancellations and predictive data were among some of the topics discussed.
September 2017 benchmarks
At our Autumn event at Birmingham new Medirota benchmarks were presented and discussed. These new benchmarks looked at the differences between theatre and clinic delivery across surgical specialties.
March 2017 benchmarks
The March 2017 benchmarks were presented and discussed at our Spring event at the RSA in central London. Jacob Kirk, Nick Edgeworth, Lee Stennet and Dr Mark Cox presented the data.
Article 3: The qualities and benefits of collaboration
The focus of this article is the benefits a collaborative approach can bring both to individual professionals but also the clients they work for and the institutions in which they work. It is instructive first to consider the problems that arise in attempts to adopt systems such as the central line checklist or the WHO theatre protocol.
Article 2: The many challenges that confront adopting a systematic, collaborative approach
This article explores the many challenges facing the introduction of a systematic, collaborative approach. Our argument is that how professionals work together is as important as the expertise that they bring, and that individual performance is inextricably linked with that of each member of the whole team involved in a procedure.
Article 1: In praise of a systems approach for professionals
This is the first of three articles discussing aspects of team collaboration, particularly in a clinical setting. Each discusses important aspects of how the horizontal approach, as distinct from a highly individualised and professionalised vertical paradigm, can provide benefits to professional teams. This approach can also yield surprising insights that can hold value for the managers of the unit in question.
September 2016 benchmarks
The September 2016 benchmarks were presented at our series of regional events in Birmingham and Edinburgh. Jacob Kirk and Lee Stennet from Rotamap presented on combining a variety of data sources to improve service delivery.
March 2016 benchmarks
The March 2016 benchmarks were presented at the 2016 Rotamap event held at the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) in central London on 18 March 2016. Ollie Fielding from Rotamap presented on what data can do for your department.
September 2015 benchmarks
In autumn 2015 we held a series of regional events across the UK for CLWRota and Medirota. The first event was held in Bristol on 10 September 2015. At these events we presented our latest set of departmental data and benchmarks.
March 2015 benchmarks
The March 2015 benchmarks were presented at the 2015 Rotamap event held at the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) in central London on 20 March 2015. Ollie Fielding from Rotamap presented his Good Department Checklist and 5 Department Comparison benchmark-related talks at this event.
September 2014 benchmarks
The latest set of benchmarks were presented at the 2014 CLWRota Forum in the Battlebridge Room at King's Place, Central London on 19 September 2014. The benchmarks were presented by Dr Mark Cox of Chelsea & Westminster Hospital and Dr Jason Wilson of Imperial College Healthcare.
CLWRota good department checklist
As part of our Rotamap event in March 2015 we put forward a checklist to outline some of the valuable measures a department could use to gauge its efficiency by taking closer look at five departments who have improved their service using different approaches and what they were doing differently to make their service more efficient.
March 2014 benchmarks
The latest set of benchmarks were presented at the 2014 Training & Management Day event in the Battlebridge Room at King's Place, Central London on 20 March 2014. Along with some new analysis of solo activity split between junior and senior trainee grades, two year benchmark data for departments with the requisite historical information were also shown.
September 2013 benchmarks
The latest set of benchmarks were presented at the 2013 Annual Forum event in the Battlebridge Room at King's Place, Central London on 19 September 2013. Among the new developments in how department data can be analysed were a series of graphs comparing expected numbers of departmental sessions with the number of sessions delivered.
March 2013 benchmarks
The March 2013 benchmarks were presented at the March 2013 Training & Management Day, held at the Battlebridge Room at King's Place. Apart from presenting the expanded set of measures first released at the September 2012 forum, we introduced a new standard deviation curve of individual productivity rates for discussion.
September 2012 benchmarks
The September 2012 benchmarks were presented at the September 2012 Forum held at the Wellcome Collection in central London. We took data from the newly released Rota Management Console (RotaMC) and introduced some new statistical measures including the use of P-charts and funnel plots.
March 2012 benchmarks
The March 2012 benchmarks were presented at the 2012 Training & Management day, held at the Wellcome Collection in Central London.
The second presentation of benchmarks was made at the September 2011 Forum, following an initial introductory discussion of some initial benchmarks at the inaugural 2011 Training & Management event. Sixteen departments were included in the analysis.