In recent years, the demand on doctors working Out of Hours in hospital settings has been in the media spotlight and of national concern. For more than 75% of the week, hospitals operate outside of the ‘normal’ 9am-5pm on weekdays. This puts the small number of doctors covering a very large number of patients in a stressful environment, performing complex tasks and making difficult prioritisation decisions. WayWard was set up to investigate the use of ‘locative and tasking’ informatics to learn more about clinical behaviour, in order to drive improvements in safety and effectiveness, improving patient care.

The 2 year WayWard project, funded by the Health Foundation, developed and deployed three complementary types of data collection: task data, activity data and location data.  Alongside this data collection, a series of qualitative interviews with staff were conducted to provide a perspective on the context in which Out of Hours works is conducted.  The project aim was to understand the relative value of the different data collection and analysis methods.  In partnership with the Royal College of Physicians, WayWard has helped identify how the data can be used to deliver impact including:

  • Allocation of hospital staff in out of hours care
  • Managing allocation of tasks
  • Redesign of ward layouts
  • Supporting junior doctors’ training
  • Enabling innovation and development within hospitals

WayWard video summarising the project and it’s findings.

WayWard Exective Summary and report produced in July 2017.

For more information about WayWard contact James Pinchin