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Jigneshbharati
Posted: Thursday, April 29, 2021 6:25:28 AM
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In this section you will find detail on digital workstream programmes which are currently being implemented across Oxfordshire. Each section also includes links to documents providing background information as well as details of who to contact with any queries.

https://www.oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk/professional-resources/digital-transformation.htm



I always hear this term "workstream" in CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups,NHS, Primary Care). What does workstream mean in this given context?

What does "workstream programmes" mean?
thar
Posted: Thursday, April 29, 2021 6:51:08 AM

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A programme here is a computer system, with interfaces, databases etc.

stream is flow, the movement in one direction along a path.


Say the doctor writes a prescription. Under the simplest manual system they write it, sign it, give it to the patient, the patient takes it to a pharmacy, and may have to wait while the pharmacy orders the drug. If the doctor is not available you have to wait until they are, and can sign it. The parts are not connected.

In workstream, the doctor enters the prescription into the system. Then the process moves along electronically to the patient going to the pharmacy to collect their prescription. Or it being delivered. You can check the process at any time, so everyone knows what is going on.

Like checking if your amazon parcel has been dispatched, delivered, is waiting for stock, etc. Whistle

So workstream is a bit like a production line in a factory, where everyone has a different job, but the workstream links all those parts together to get things running smoothly, efficiently and transparently.

Except this is the NHS, so maybe not so much.
No offence. Whistle
Jigneshbharati
Posted: Thursday, April 29, 2021 6:53:28 AM
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Jigneshbharati
Posted: Thursday, April 29, 2021 11:21:01 AM
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https://www.gettingitrightfirsttime.co.uk/workstreams/
https://www.westsuffolkccg.nhs.uk/clinical-area/clinical-workstreams-and-current-priorities/

I am so sorry but I still don't get the meaning of the word "workstream" as used in all those NHS websites.
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Posted: Thursday, April 29, 2021 7:39:57 PM

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It's a newly-invented word. In some cases, it just means "type of work".
"What's your workstream?" - "I'm a clinical technician."

In other circumstances it's a word for a program, project or production-line which hasn't been properly worked out, but is just a vague "Your job is to build some buildings. This is your office - do it"

Workstream
A slang term for a project with such vague parameters that it is extremely difficult to define deliverables, let alone actually make any progress.

Farlex Financial Dictionary.

workstream n
(Industrial Relations & HR Terms) commerce any one of the areas of activity into which a company’s business may be divided
Collins English Dictionary

It's only used by HR type people and paople who speak "office-speak" which is a new language.
Jigneshbharati
Posted: Friday, April 30, 2021 12:12:18 AM
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thar
Posted: Friday, April 30, 2021 1:37:45 AM

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Drag0nspeaker wrote:
It's a newly-invented word. In some cases, it just means "type of work".
"What's your workstream?" - "I'm a clinical technician."


It's only used by HR type people and paople who speak "office-speak" which is a new language.


This makes absolutely no sense. And is a completely unnecessary idea to communicate. Really, sometimesd'oh!
Jigneshbharati
Posted: Friday, April 30, 2021 9:40:56 AM
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