Efficiency and productivity A long-term, continuous focus on efficiency and productivity is essential to ensure health care quality

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The sustainability of the NHS and social care system is likely to become an even bigger issue in coming years, given funding constraints, increasing demand, workforce shortages and variation in the quality and productivity of care.

Our work on efficiency and productivity aims to help NHS and social care services to become more sustainable. We look at whether health care resources are being used to get the best value for money, and identify ways that productivity of services and workforce can be improved.

Our recent work and content on this topic is listed below.

Enabling service transformation in practice: reflections on the Wade-Gery review

Blog
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3 December 2021

Will the Wade-Gery review enable the NHS to make a leap forwards on tech and data? Tim Horton reflects on what matters for enabling service transformation in practice.

Five things we learned from our work on NHS productivity

Newsletter feature
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28 October 2021

Maximising productivity is critical if the NHS is to survive the pressures it faces. But what does that mean in practice? 

Webinar: NHS recovery – how do we ‘build back better’?

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Thursday 21 October 2021, 9.00-10.15

A panel discussion exploring the extent of the backlog facing the NHS in the recovery period and how we should approach it to avoid mistakes of the past, maximise opportunities and ‘build back better’...

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Agility: the missing ingredient for NHS productivity

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Which improvement approaches have the potential to increase productivity in the NHS? Tim Horton, Anita Mehay and Will Warburton look at what is needed to put these approaches into practice.

Health Foundation response to the Health and Social Care Secretary’s speech at the Conservative conference

Press release
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5 October 2021

The Health Foundation's response to the Health and Social Care Secretary’s speech at the Conservative party conference.

A complex patchwork of programmes

Blog
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4 October 2021

The Health Foundation’s Improvement team share some findings from their mapping of the health care technology and innovation landscape.

Determining the skills needed by frontline NHS staff to deliver quality improvement

Journal article
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11 August 2021

Skills needed by NHS staff to drive improvement of care.

Participatory co-design and normalisation process theory with staff and patients to implement digital ways of working into routine care

Journal article
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18 July 2021

Research conducted into the normalisation process theory with staff and patients to implement digital ways of working into routine care.    

Healthcare use and costs in the last year of life

Journal article
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12 February 2021

A national population data linkage study.

The REAL Challenge: Beyond crystal balls and COVID-19

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16 October 2020

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-...

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