Demand Capacity Activity & Queue (DCAQ) in Mental Health - Demand Capacity Activity & Queue (DCAQ) in Mental Health Welcome to the Demand Capacity Activity & Queue (DCAQ) pages for Mental Health services in Scotland. In this Community of Practice (CoP) you will be able to: Access resources and toolkits to support DCAQ work ( Resource Library page ) Post outputs from your DCAQ work to share with others ( Resource Library page ) Post a question or issue for discussion ( Discussions page ) Comment on a blog ( Blogs page ) Request support from the national improvement team ( email us on email@example.com ) If you have any comments on any of the content / layout please contact firstname.lastname@example.org putting "DCAQ CoP Mental Health" in the subject heading. Many thanks.
f.lux: software to make your life better Demand capacity and activity queue (DCAQ) Overview Demand, Capacity, Activity and Queue (DCAQ) is a service improvement methodology used widely within health care services to: analyse waiting list management; define and regulate service capacity; monitor patient throughput; and support effective demand management. The overall goal from using this tool is to manage capacity and demand appropriately, effectively and permanently. Demand, Capacity, Activity and Queue need to be measured in the same units for the same period of time. How to use it Demand, Capacity, Activity and Queue need to be measured in the same units for the same period of time. Demand Demand is all the walk-ins, ambulance cases and referrals coming in from all sources at the point of access, e.g. How to measure demand: Multiply the number of patients referred by the time it takes to process a patient. Capacity Capacity is all the resources available / required to do the work and includes both staff and equipment What next?
f.lux: sleep research Trouble sleeping? If you have sleep trouble or you're trying to learn more about sleep in general, we recommend understandingsleep.org. Study: Reading on a tablet vs. book In 2014, a new study was published in PNAS (full text) that compares the effects of reading an iPad before bed, versus a regular paper book. AMA Report In 2012, the American Medical Association's Council on Science and Public Health made this recommendation: "Recognizes that exposure to excessive light at night, including extended use of various electronic media, can disrupt sleep or exacerbate sleep disorders, especially in children and adolescents. Blue Light Affects Sleep (and here's why) We know that night-time exposure to blue light keeps people up late. To understand the effects of f.lux on sleep, we've spoken with some researchers, and we've read a whole lot of papers. Popular press coverage of blue light research Blue Light David C. What's in a Color? NIH-Funded research Mental activation and sleep 1. 1.
Using NICE guidance and quality standards to improve practice... PG1 Aim of this guide This guide aims to help and support health and social care provider organisations to implement National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance and use NICE quality standards to achieve improved quality of care in their local settings. It aims to support health and social care professionals and managers in providing care of the highest quality and the best value for money. The guide suggests what an organisation can put in place, and what staff can do to use NICE evidence-based guidance and quality standards to improve practice. The guide explains ways to assess the extent to which your organisation is implementing NICE guidance and using quality standards, and how to address any gaps if you find out it is not. If you want to ensure your organisation has a robust process for implementing NICE guidance and using NICE quality standards, and want to demonstrate this to others including regulators and commissioners, then this guide is a good starting point.
Digital Health Oxford #2 - Digital Health Oxford (Headington, England After a fantastic first meetup it's great to announce the second Digital Health Oxford event for early 2014. The format will be similar, with 3 short, informal talks, questions and drinks. The speakers at this event will be: • Dr Chris Hinds, lead software developer in the Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Oxford will talk about the TrueColours project he heads up "an online self-management system that allows you to monitor your symptoms and experiences using text, email and the internet." ( • Dave Fletcher, founder and managing director of Oxford-based White October, will talk about the myPace mobile app they developed in conjunction with Brunel University to help patients manage weight loss and improve the relationship between patient and dietician ( • Russell Brown, senior software engineer at Basho, who played a key role in their work on the NHS Spine II project in 2013.
BITalino: DiY Body Signals Home: self management support resource centre - Health Foundation Self-management support is the help given to people with long term conditions to enable them to manage their health on a day-to-day basis. All people with long term conditions make decisions, take actions and manage a broad range of factors that contribute to their health on a day-to-day basis. It is therefore common sense – supported by health policy and evidence of positive outcomes – that health professionals and teams should support people to manage their health as effectively as possible. Self-management support means moving away from patients as passive recipients of care to a collaborative relationship where patients are active partners in their own health. To do this, patients need to develop their knowledge, skills and confidence to make informed decisions and adapt their health-related behaviours. How this might work from the perspective of a GP practice (or other service) Training for patients Improving systems and processes Practitioner development
Diffusion MRI Diffusion MRI (or dMRI) is a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) method which came into existence in the mid-1980s. It allows the mapping of the diffusion process of molecules, mainly water, in biological tissues, in vivo and non-invasively. Molecular diffusion in tissues is not free, but reflects interactions with many obstacles, such as macromolecules, fibers, membranes, etc. Water molecule diffusion patterns can therefore reveal microscopic details about tissue architecture, either normal or in a diseased state. The first diffusion MRI images of the normal and diseased brain were made public in 1985. Since then, diffusion MRI, also referred to as diffusion tensor imaging or DTI (see section below) has been extraordinarily successful. In diffusion weighted imaging (DWI), the intensity of each image element (voxel) reflects the best estimate of the rate of water diffusion at that location. Diffusion Given the concentration and flux where D is the diffusion coefficient.
6 strategies hospitals should steal from the airline industry by Jonathan H. Burroughs The Institute of Medicine, in its landmark report "Better Care at Lower Cost," concludes at least $750 billion of the total national healthcare budget of $2.7 trillion represents waste as a result of poor IT infrastructure, supplier- rather than patient-centered reimbursement, lack of quality and transparency, and inefficient operations and flow. Wasteful operations may include: delays, over-processing, redundant work, poor inventory management, inefficient transport, unnecessary motion, over-production (push instead of pull), and defects that cause harm and re-work. The airline industry has worked on these problems for decades and although its operations and flow patterns are significantly less complex than healthcare, it has mastered basic elements we can learn from to give us a jump-start on mastering and taming a difficult but necessary component of operational design that will lead to improved outcomes at lower costs. [More:] 2: Airport operations function 24/7