Proposed efficiency savings could help the NHS save £5 billion per year by 2020, according to the Labour peer Lord Carter’s report.
Hospital bed-blocking ‘costs’ NHS England £900m a year. London: BBC Health News, February 5th 2016.
This relates to:
Operational productivity and performance in English NHS acute hospitals: unwarranted variations. An independent report for the Department of Health by Lord Carter of Coles. February 2016. London: Department of Health, February 5th 2016.
Murray, R. (2016). Productivity in acute hospitals: are the recommendations of the Carter Review realistic? London: King’s Fund, February 2016.
Reducing unnecessary costs is a matter of some urgency:
Triggle, N. (2016). Virtually all hospitals now in deficit. London: BBC Health News, February 19th 2016.
Unrelated, but of incidental and timely interest, the Department of Health itself is not immune to plans for future efficiency savings:
Department of Health to cut 650 jobs to reduce costs. London: BBC Health News, February 5th 2016.
NHS Efficiency Map (HFMA and NHS Improvement)
The Health Finance Managers Association (HFMA) and NHS Improvement have updated the NHS efficiency map. This mapping tool is designed to promote best practice by identifying opportunities, and then delivering and monitoring cost-improvement programmes (CIPs) in the NHS.
Knowles, E. (2017). NHS Efficiency Map. London: Health Finance Managers Association (HFMA) and NHS Improvement, May 17th 2017.
Avoidable Waste in Operating Theatres Availability and Surgical Staff Rostering
An NHS Improvement report suggests hospitals could perform more operations and reduce patient waiting lists if they planned the use of operating theatres more effectively, efficiently and intensively.
Pym, H. (2019). Could NHS have been doing more operations? London: BBC Health News, February 4th 2019.
This relates to:
Operating theatres: opportunities to reduce waiting lists. London: NHS Improvement, February 2019.
The Realms of Political Possibilities: State Nationalisation of Generic Medicines Proposal (Labour Party Conference: 2019)
Proposals for a “Crown Use Licence”, which would grant a state-owned company access to Big Pharma companies’ intellectual property regarding generic drugs in return for relatively low payments, to enable cheaper mass-production in pursuit of the public interest.
Pym, H. (2019). Labour on collision course with big pharma over drugs. London: BBC Health News, September 25th 2019.
Guidance on Care Hours Per Patient Day (CHPPD)
The care hours per patient day (CHPPD) metric was developed to provide a consistent way of recording and reporting deployment of nursing staff providing care in inpatient ward settings; in line with the second batch of Lord Carter’s recommendations.
“ … [CHPPD has been] expanded to include all ward-based clinical professionals who are budgeted to the ward establishment and rostered into the 24/7 roster. This is important for considering how best to use staff to meet patient need, and it will be crucial for getting an integrated view of the staffing required to deliver patient care”. p.2.
Care hours per patient day (CHPPD): guidance for all inpatient trusts. London: NHS England [and] NHS Improvement, July 2019.