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Defining waiting times targets: flux or snapshot

Planner allows you to define the proportion of patients that must be within your waiting times targets.

If a target is based on patients’ waiting times as they are being treated, then that target is based on patients as they flow through the system and defined in Planner as a “flux based” target. On the other hand, if a target is based on the waiting times of patients who are still on the waiting list, based on a snapshot of the waiting list at a moment in time, then Planner defines it as a “snapshot based” target.

For instance, a target that 90% of admissions must be within 8 weeks for the elective stage of pathway would be specified for an individual service as:

Future percentage within future target waiting time (TgtMaxWaitPC) = 0.9 (i.e. 90%);

Flag whether target max wait is flux or snapshot based (TgtMaxWaitType) = f (i.e. flux-based)

Future target waiting time (TgtMaxWait) = 8
Future waiting time units (FutWaitUnits) = w (which is usually set for you by default).

Alternatively, a target that 92% of patients on the waiting list must be within 8 weeks would be: TgtMaxWaitPC = 0.92; TgtMaxWaitType = s (i.e. snapshot); TgtMaxWait = 8.

If most or all services in your model are going to share some of these characteristics, then you can define them in the Dataset Settings which are applied when data is missing.