Figures: Fact, fiction or fudge

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Figures; Fact, fiction and fudge

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These blogs are about the NHS - but also about numbers.  I hope that they raise some interesting points that come from the data.  Sometimes I suggest that the data doesn’t look right - but maybe it is.  Please tell me when I have got it wrong (as we all do, however carefully we look at it) or when I have got hold of the wrong end of the stick.  And especially tell me if you can see a rationale or logic for the picture that I describe that I have missed.

 

Thanks for your help - it is by challenging and correcting the data, the analysis and conclusions that progress is made!

 

For those that are interested most of the data comes from nationally reported data sets available to all - and most of the time the analysis has been done in Tableau.  Because it takes so long for data to be published, some of the analysis is of old data.  Please, if there are examples where there are better or alternative sources of data let me know about these too.

 

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After a background in manufacturing organisations including roles as operational manager, accountant and general manager, Henry has spent some 20 years as a consultant to organisations in both the private and public sector. Much of this work has involved the specification and commissioning of a range of public sector services from benefits, through support services including (for the NAO) a review of the way in which IT services were outsourced by the Inland Revenue to primary and secondary healthcare services. He has advised the Care Quality Commission and the Healthcare Commission not just on their investigations into specific cases (such as the investigation into Take Care Now) but also in their wider evaluations of value for money (such as the report 'Not just a matter of time' into GP out of hours services). A particular interest is in making sure that the data collected through systems is useable and used to support improvement of the service. Work within the acute healthcare sector has involved him in A&E, Urgent Care services of all types, Diagnostics and Pathology, IT systems , Imaging, Medical assessment as well as in Health Insurance. In Primary Care, Henry has worked with many Out of Hours providers, particularly in benchmarking their performance and looked at the operation of numerous general practices, Walk in Centres and Minor Injury Units. He has also worked with Practice Based Commissioning groups looking to specify services, groups of GPs forming provider service organisations and in looking at mutual and social enterprise models of provider.

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