Since it was first implemented, RADAR – which stands for RCHT Analysis Data and Reporting – has achieved EHI Finalist status, as well as receiving awards and commendation at both the Health Business Awards and the Annual Conference for AphA (the Association of Professional Healthcare Analysts), it has also been highlighted by the CQC as an example of best practice in supporting direct patient care.
“This latest shortlisting is just part of the incredible journey our department and colleagues have taken since the implementation of RADAR”
Explains Linzi Lancaster, Head of Information and Business Intelligence for RCHT.
“The team is incredibly proud of the way RADAR has benefited the work of our colleagues and we’re extremely excited to share this success on a national level.”
Discussing RADAR and how it works, Linzi explains:
“We have a wide range of Modules producing historic and live reports. These reports cover a huge range of datasets and are used widely throughout the organization for both direct patient care and service delivery, eg. the number of patients in the Emergency Department and the number of occupied beds, informing the patient flow team and on-call managers in an effort to drive decision-making based on the most up to date information. RADAR hosts a wide range of patient based reports supporting the nursing team to take action; ensuring patients have all the support they need while in our hospitals. During the COVID pandemic, the team has been especially keen to produce information and intelligence to help keep Clinical and Operational Managers up to date with the current situation pertaining to cases, testing, etc.”
“RADAR is accessible to all staff throughout our organization and to some from outside RCHT”, explains Linzi. “Every day it enables both Clinicians and Operational managers to make appropriate and safe decisions about the care they deliver and the areas they manage. RADAR supports Quality Improvement and transformational change, tracking the impact of improvements. We have feedback from staff around the organisation to say what a difference the information team and RADAR has made to their working lives and even that RADAR has had a positive impact when recruiting Consultant Anaesthetists, at a time of national shortage, due to the patient care content.”
The Florence Nightingale Award for Excellence in Healthcare Data Analytics recognises practitioners in applied healthcare data analytics who have gone the extra mile in delivering innovative improvements for the healthcare system. It is awarded jointly by the Health Foundation and the Royal Statistical Society and has been newly established to celebrate the bicentenary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.
Though most remembered for her nursing efforts, Nightingale was also the first female fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and helped revolutionise nursing through her investigative statistical work and her striking use of data visualization.
“To be considered for this award is a great privilege”
Linzi continues. “RADAR has had a broad impact on improving patient safety, patient outcomes and the delivery of our services, and this has been clearly felt during the recent situation around the Covid outbreak. Our entire team is so proud of the work we do and the value we bring through RADAR and its related services, whether we win the overarching award or not we will continue to work hard and support a wide range of colleagues both within and external to RCHT.”