Monday, 13 November 2017

Embedding a culture of quality improvement

"This report explores the factors that have helped organisations to launch a quality improvement strategy, and the key enablers for sustaining a focus on continuous quality improvement."

Embedding a culture of quality improvement
J Jabbal
The King's Fund
November 2017

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Monday, 25 September 2017

Health economics: evidence resource

The "Health economics evidence resource" provides a summary of economic evidence underpinning public health interventions.The tool shows the key cost-effectiveness and return on investment evidence on activities in the public health grant.

Access the tool here.

NHS efficiency map

The HFMA and NHS Improvement have worked in partnership to update and revise the NHS efficiency map. The map is a tool that promotes best practice in identifying, delivering and monitoring cost improvement programmes (CIPs) in the NHS. The map contains links to a range of tools and guidance to help NHS bodies improve their efficiency. The map is split into three sections: enablers for efficiency, provider efficiency and system efficiency.

Access the map here.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Public health interventions may offer society a return on investment

"Each £1 invested in public health interventions could offer an average return on investment to the wider health and social care economy of £14."

Public health interventions may offer society a return on investment of £14 for each £1 spent
NIHR Signal
July 2017

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Public spending: a brief introduction

"This note describes the different ways in which public spending is
categorised, and presents statistics and commentary on recent spending in each category."

Public spending: a brief introduction
P O'Brien
House of Commons Library
Briefing paper number 8046, 20 July 2017

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Decommissioning health care

"Decommissioning – defined as the planned process of removing, reducing or replacing health-care services – is an important component of current reforms in the NHS. This study aims to formulate theoretically grounded, evidence-informed guidance to support best practice in effective decommissioning of NHS services. Decommissioning is shaped by change management and implementation, evidence and information, and relationships and politics. We propose an expanded understanding, encompassing organisational and political factors, of how avoidance of loss affects the delivery of decommissioning programmes. Future work should explore the relationships between contexts, mechanisms and outcomes in decommissioning, develop the understanding of how loss affects decisions and explore the long-term impact of decommissioning and its impact on patient care and outcomes."

Decommissioning health care: identifying best practice through primary and secondary research a prospective mixed-methods study
I Williams, J Harlock, G Robert, R Mannion, S Brearley, K Hall
Health Services and Delivery Research, 2017, 5:22

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Thursday, 27 July 2017

Towards affordable healthcare: Why effective innovation is key

"In this report, we look at one of the crucial pieces of the jigsaw – healthcare innovation. As one of the largest components of age-related public spending, healthcare is at the forefront of the challenge of ageing. While ensuring that we have a good healthcare system that requires continual improvements in the quality of services for users, it also requires improvements in the efficiency of the system to ensure its long run survival."

Towards affordable healthcare: Why effective innovation is key
SM Bamford, B Franklin, D Hochlaf, G Holley-Moore
International Longevity Centre - UK
June 2017

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Monday, 17 July 2017

Sustainability and Transformation Plans: Five key questions for planners

"For each STP, five key questions need to be asked:

  1. Will there be enough staff with the right skills?
  2. Will there be enough beds?
  3. Will there be good access to non-emergency (elective) care?
  4. Will NHS care still be good quality care?
  5. Will NHS care be effectively complemented by social care and public health measures?"

Sustainability and Transformation Plans: Five key questions for planners
V Kotecha
Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI)
July 2017

Read the report here.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Rebooting health and social care integration

"This report is an attempt to explain why health and social care integration should be the catalyst to ‘build it around the passenger’. It focuses on making it work for the individual, not creating a more perfect system for professionals."

Rebooting health and social care integration: An agenda for more person centred care
L Booth-Smith
July 2017

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Friday, 7 July 2017

Meeting the public health needs of the armed forces

This resource has been developed for local authorities, local Defence Medical Services (DMS) and those supporting the health needs of the armed forces community in England to help support and strengthen local relationships to meet the public health needs of armed forces populations.

Meeting the public health needs of the armed forces: A resource for local authorities and health professionals
Local Government Association
July 2017

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Friday, 30 June 2017

International profiles of health care systems

This publication presents overviews of the health care systems of Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, England, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United States. Each overview covers health insurance, public and private financing, health system organization and governance, health care quality and coordination, disparities, efficiency and integration, use of information technology and evidence-based practice, cost containment, and recent reforms and innovations. In addition, summary tables provide data on a number of key health system characteristics and performance indicators, including overall health care spending, hospital spending and utilization, health care access, patient safety, care coordination, chronic care management, disease prevention, capacity for quality improvement, and public views.

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

How can whole systems think

Interesting paper, looking at the role of technology in mapping disease outbreaks. "This paper addresses the potential of new 'collective intelligence assemblies' that can contribute in powerful ways to the intelligence of fields such as healthcare, environmental management and the labour market."

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Mulgan G, Krivova V. (2017) How can whole systems think: collective intelligence assemblies and the case for 'intelligence design'. London: Nesta

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Open innovation in health: A guide to transforming healthcare through collaboration

This guide explores examples of open innovation in the field of health from around the world. It analyses the ways that companies, governments, researchers and citizens are collaborating to improve the innovation process, from the way that problems are identified to how new products and services are created and then adopted by providers of healthcare. Click here to read more.