The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Value Stream 1 - Elective Orthopaedics

Value Stream 1 - Elective Orthopaedics

This Value Stream is looking at how we can improve the way we schedule patients on our theatre lists when requiring an elective hip or knee procedure and also at how we can manage our inventory so we have the right amount of stock in the right place at the right time, ensuring improved patient experience and safety.

Project one: Our theatre lists in our elective orthopaedics service go through a variety of changes from the point at which they are created up to the actual day of surgery. These changes happen for a number of reasons, including clinical reasons in some instances, and can have a negative impact on our patients’ experience, such as longer waiting times, longer recovery times etc.

This project is looking at what we can do as a team to improve this and improve the experience of our patients.

Further information about this work is included below.

Video of staff describing the work from the Rapid Process Improvement Workshop 




The Healthcare Finance Managers Association (HFMA) visited staff from Value Stream 1 to find out more about their work.  This article was published in its members magazine in June 2016, highlighting our work and the impact on quality of care and financial efficiency.  

Thank you to the HFMA for permission to publish the article. 




Joseph aderinto

Experiencing the Leeds Improvement Method first hand.

Mr Joseph Aderinto, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon talks about his experience as Process Owner for the first value stream of the Leeds Improvement Method.