Efficiency and productivity
A long-term, continuous focus on efficiency and productivity is essential to ensure health care quality
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.
The latest report in the Health Foundation’s annual series on NHS finances
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.
This a new specialist unit within the Health Foundation that will work with a network of external academic partners to produce independent projections, research and analysis, strongly rooted in robust...
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 ...
This project will involve using a best-in-class approach to improving patient outcomes and service efficiency across the joint pain and elective care pathway, with analysts, managers and practitioners...
There is no doubt that the emergency medicine brand is a hugely successful one – and one which has become a victim of its own success. This leads to challenges in meeting the demands being placed on s...
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.
At a time at which patients being admitted to hospital are presenting with greater complexity than previous years, hospital readmissions have increased. What does this tell us about the quality of car...
What can the US and England learn from each other’s health system reforms? Harkness Fellow Adam Briggs and colleagues explore some common themes.
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