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Health trust scores through data analysis

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh (WWL) NHS Foundation Trust has been declared one of the top performing accident and emergency departments in the UK, and a lot of it is down to its handling of data.

It was only one of 11 trusts to meet the government’s A&E targets last year. This was achieved using analytics technology from Qlik and the achievement is all the more impressive when the backdrop of unprecedented cuts in the health sector (resulting in part in today and tomorrow’s junior doctor strike) are taken into consideration.

The department made a lot of savings and productivity advances by gathering the data it already had and identifying patterns, enabling it to allocate resources efficiently. It cut A&E waiting times by 30 minutes and saved close to £1 million in agency fees and commissioner fines.