Two week wait cancer capacity and demand tool


A model to help you understand your two week wait demand and estimate the capacity you may need to meet it.

Two week wait model (populated) XLSX, 306.2 KB

A populated example of the two week wait model spreadsheet

Two week wait model (blank) XLSX, 290.0 KB

A blank spreadsheet that is ready for you to complete, use and share in your department

This model helps you to understand:

  • your ‘two week wait’ demand, and also the variation in demand, for your specialty
  • the current service 
  • the core capacity you genuinely have available to see patients and the ad hoc/flexible capacity you rely on to deliver the service

The model will provide an estimate of:

  • the capacity you need to meet your demand
  • the backlog that may need to be cleared to sustainably deliver national, and locally agreed, waiting times standards 

To use this tool you will need to have a good understanding of basic demand and capacity theory and terminology.

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