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  • Making the case for a dedicated ‘Transformation Fund’ that would be needed to bring about efficiency and necessary changes to methods of care in the NHS.
  • Research undertaken by the policy and economics teams at the Health Foundation in collaboration with the King’s Fund.
  • Due to be completed in Summer 2015.

NHS must adapt to a changing world by breaking down the barriers in how care is provided and improving the integration of services. We have identified the need for a properly resourced ’transformation fund’ to support this change.

Over the coming months The King’s Fund and The Health Foundation will be exploring the concept of the transformation fund in more detail. We hope to address the question about what resource is required and to explore alternative sources of funding.

As we develop our thinking, we will be seeking input from stakeholders across the NHS, national bodies and national and international experts. 

In particular, we will be looking at whether resources tied up in surplus NHS assets and estate could be used – what is the scale of these resources, are they accessible, and how might they be released?

We will also look at past transformation programmes within the NHS, within other health sectors internationally and in other sectors. By examining examples of successful (and indeed, unsuccessful) attempts at transformation, we want to identify the key drivers of large-scale change. This means also understanding the role of factors other than funding: notably leadership, staff, and approaches to setting goals and measuring progress.

Contact details 

For more information about this project, please contact the Economics team at the Health Foundation, or contact the King's Fund.

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