Efficiency and productivity of the health and social care system A long-term, continuous focus on efficiency and productivity is essential to ensure health care quality
Efficiency – also described as allocative efficiency – means the best possible use of available funding in order to resource. Improved productivity is improving the quantity or quality of health outcomes with the same amount and type of resource (staff, hospitals and medical technology).
Despite the challenges it is facing, NHS productivity has increased at a higher rate than that of the wider UK economy. But, in the face of high projected spending growth and restricted funding, further increases in productivity are still required for a sustainable health and social care system.
This research looks at how much health spending would need to rise to provide the level of service it does today and how much it would need to modernise and improve for the future.
Catch up on the inaugural REAL Challenge Lecture by Sir Andrew Dilnot in which he outlined how some key challenges in health and social care are exacerbated by a short-termist approach and why longer-...
January 2019 Chart of the Month. Between 1997 and 2016, productivity across the UK NHS grew by 20%, at an average of around 1% per year.
The Health Foundation is establishing the Research and Economic Analysis for the Long term (REAL) Centre to provide new evidence and analysis that will help health and social care policymakers conside...
Anita Charlesworth blogs about the establishment of a new centre to provide independent projections, research and analysis to help ensure the long-term sustainability of health and social care in the ...
April 2018 Chart of the Month. Between 1997 and 2015, productivity across the UK NHS grew by 16%, at an average of around 1% per year.