ATOM: Operating Theatre Improvement

Alturos Theatre Optimisation Method (ATOM)

Introduction

This section of our website introduces the Alturos Theatre Optimisation Method (ATOM), how it works and how it is positively impacting operating theatre improvement in NHS Trusts across the United Kingdom.

The Challenge: Issues within Operating Theatres

NHS operating theatres tend to share common features, such as the type of services offered, process flows, the profile of those who work within them, capacity and resource challenges and so on. Despite there being common features every hospital is different. Often, the specific differences between these features and how they interact are the cause of current performance.

Our extensive experience of working within the NHS tells us that the complexity created by these factors typically thwarts or limits efforts made to meet the aims and objectives within the NHS, that is, to improve quality, increase efficiency and thus reduce costs.