Better data and better use of that data are vital in a complex healthcare system needing to deliver more for less year on year. Data is used to improve services, better understand patient needs, support new payment approaches and to plan, monitor and manage performance. To determine the best course of action and what is best for the patient, both for individual and organisational decisions, high quality data is needed and needs to be used. All decisions should be well-informed - for example, at what point should a service be ‘switched off’? Is a service or an organisation operationally and financially sustainable? Which pathway of care is best for this person?
This course will enable you to examine tools to support decision-making in terms of information, data, performance indicators and benchmarking – the NHS is underpinned by a plethora of data, not all of which is used to maximum advantage.
The HFMA advanced qualifications are relevant to individuals aspiring to develop senior strategic and leadership skills who are currently working in clinical/medical, finance, managerial and operational roles. They are also highly relevant to individuals working for commercial companies serving the NHS.