NHS targets

Targets are central to the NHS and its commitment to quality and patient experience. But they can also have unintended consequences and create perverse incentives. In light of the recent announcement to review some the health service's most established targets, we've brought together our work on these measures and our responses to the latest developments in this area.


Published: 29/03/2019

Testing out new targets is a big improvement on the usual directive approach - Nigel Edwards 11/03/2019

Press release

Our response to NHS England’s new review of NHS access standards for A&E, mental health, cancer and referral to treatment.

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A&E slump and spike in cancer waits mean stormy waters for new NHS targets - John Appleby 14/03/2019

Press release

Professor John Appleby responds to the latest Combined Performance Summary figures for January and February 2019.

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Combined Performance Summary: January – February 2019 14/03/2019Jessica Morris

Latest data QualityWatch

Our monthly round-up of the latest NHS performance data.

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Access and waiting times 17/08/2018Jessica Morris

Indicator update QualityWatch

With a review of access targets forming part of the long-term plan for the NHS, we take a longer-term look at some of the best known indicat...

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Understanding patient flow in hospitals 11/10/2016


This briefing draws on theories about congestion to look at why the aim that 95% of patients attending A&E should be admitted, discharged or...

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