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.

Urgent need to address systematic failings and stabilise the social care sector in England

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30 August 2019

Health Foundation response to Age UK report, ‘The Health and Care of Older People in England 2019’.

PathAnalyse: Towards the redesign of outpatient services using visual process analytics

Improvement project

This project will use analytics from PathAnalyse to support senior staff to understand current processes, and identify scenarios that negatively impact patient experience and resource efficiency.

From data to decisions: embedding a Real-world Intervention Causal Evaluation (RICE) tool in the decision-making process

Improvement project

This project will develop a Real-world Intervention Causal Evaluation (RICE) tool, which will semi automate the process of intervention evaluation and significantly enhance analytical capability.

Retention of the clinical and ambulance workforce in English NHS hospitals

Research project

Project that will carry out research into what drives hospital workforce retention, and its changes over time and across organisations and clinical specialties, and what the causal effects of improvin...

RoMHS (Retention of Mental Health Staff)

Research project

Research project to investigate variation in, and determinants of, mental health care staff retention, with the aim of better understanding how organisational contexts and the experiences of registere...

Quantifying health workers’ retention in primary care, its variability and association with outcomes

Research project

Research project examining how retention of GPs and nurses has changed over time, and mapping its regional variability, using databases of routinely collected administrative data.

Retention and sustainability of social care workforce (RESSCW)

Research project

Project to investigate the factors influencing low staff retention in UK social care, with the aim of improving understanding of the organisational and individual drivers of care staff retention, and ...

The impact of workforce turnover and temporary staff on productivity and health outcomes in the hospital sector

Research project

Research project that will investigate the relationship between NHS staff turnover and health service efficiency, with the aim of examining the impact of staff leaving or joining on productivity and h...

NuRS: Understanding Nurse Retention and its impact on patient Safety outcomes in secondary care and mental health

Research project

Research project that will explore the underlying drivers of nurse retention in the NHS, using 'big data’ techniques to analyse multiple variables and their effect on nurse retention, and the subseque...

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