Second phase of testing new measures of A&E performanceAll pilot sites involved in the testing of new standards for A&E will begin the second phase of testing from Wednesday 31 July. This follows findings from the first phase, which showed that the average (mean) time in A&E measure was introduced successfully across all sites with no reported safety concerns linked to the testing.
This phase will include:
- measuring time to initial assessment;
- collecting data to examine the feasibility of measuring how fast critically ill or injured patients arriving at A&E receive a package of tests and care developed with clinical experts (including stroke, major trauma, heart attacks (MI – STEMI), acute physiological derangement, and severe asthma);
- measuring how long people who arrive at A&E experiencing a mental health crisis wait for a psychiatric assessment and, where required, a transfer to appropriate mental health care; and
- test sites to continue monitoring average (mean) total time in department and long waits from arrival, aiming for continual improvement.
All pilot sites will continue not to report against A&E standards (current or proposed) until testing is complete.