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

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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.

Budget 2018: what it means for health and social care

Briefing
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November 2018

This joint briefing with the Health Foundation, The King's Fund and Nuffield Trust looks at the detail within the 2018 Budget.

Health and Social Care Sustainability Research Centre

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18 October 2018

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...

A new frontier

Blog
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24 September 2018

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 ...

How has the productivity of UK health care changed between 1997 and 2015?

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27 April 2018

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.

Providing clear insight into patients’ clinical and social care needs using combined hospital datasets

Improvement project

Aiming to streamline the non-elective patient pathway to improve health and social outcomes.

Allocative efficiency in end-of-life care

Research project

This project will look at whether improvements in the efficiency of health and social care delivery at the end of life could enable access to higher-quality and more personalised care for patients.

WORKTECC: Workforce Operations that Realise Knowledge-based Transformational Efficiency gains in Community Care

Research project

This round two Efficiency Research project will explore whether workforce operations used by other industries can improve the efficiency of home-based NHS care, and if so, how.

Efficiency, cost and quality of mental health care provision

Research project

This project will look at the efficiency, cost and quality of current mental health care provision, and how changes can be made to drive efficiency improvements.

Provision of community care: Who, what, how much?

Briefing
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May 2017

This briefing analyses information on the community care contracts held by 78% of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in England to enable better understanding of the provision of these services.

Funding drugs and other health technologies

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January 2017

Our response to NICE and NHS England’s consultation on changes to the arrangements for funding drugs and other health technologies through NICE’s technology appraisal and highly specialised technologi...

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