Innovation for Efficiency, Productivity and Affordability in Healthcare (ILC-UK / EY)


A report from the International Longevity Centre covers seven examples of UK-based and international schemes involving innovation. These examples are:

  1. Memory First: an integrated dementia service run by a consortium of 162 GPs across 41 practices in Staffordshire.
  2. Urban E-Health Pilot: using technology to improve access to primary care in an urban community (Task Force on E-Health in Rio de Janeiro).
  3. Protocol 3 (P3): offering wide-ranging care services to older people in Belgium who need care 24/7, coordinated by a case manager.
  4. Home Dialysis: a scheme from the Manchester Royal Infirmary.
  5. EASYCare Project: an international scheme aimed at helping the over 75s.

It is suggested that wider implementation of such programmes could save the NHS £18.5 billion, and the social care sector £6.3 billion, between 2015–2030. Different scenarios are offered.

Contents headings in the main report comprise:

  • Chapter 1: The Challenge.
  • Chapter 2: Understanding and containing healthcare costs: The economic evidence.
  • Chapter 3: Where innovations could make the greatest impact.
  • Chapter 4: The potential application of high-impact innovations in the UK.
  • Chapter 5: How to create the ‘perfect climate’ for healthcare innovation in the UK.
  • Chapter 6: Future paths for health productivity and the affordability of Government finances.
  • Chapter 7: Conclusions and Recommendations.

Improving Productivity

Monitor’s “Closing the NHS Funding Gap” (2013) report proposed four broad solutions to productivity challenges in the NHS:

  1. Improving productivity within existing services.
  2. Delivering the right care in the right setting.
  3. Developing new ways of delivering care.
  4. Allocating spending more rationally.

Potential Innovation Themes

NHS England’s “The NHS belongs to the people: a call to action” (2013) report suggested important innovation-related themes:

  1. Giving Patients greater control over their health.
  2. Harnessing transformational technologies.
  3. Exploiting the potential of transparent data.
  4. Moving away from a “one-size fits all” model of care.
  5. Unlocking healthcare as a key source of future growth, i.e. actually contributing to the UK economy.

“SOS 2020 was established by ILC-UK with the aim to raise awareness of the need to adapt our economy and society to the big strategic challenges posed by an ageing population”.

Full Text Link


Bamford, SM. Franklin, B. [and] Hochlaf, D. [et al] (2017). Towards affordable healthcare: why effective innovation is key. London: International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK) supported by EY, June 2017.

About Dementia and Elderly Care News

Dementia and Elderly Care News. Wolverhampton Medical Institute: WMI. (jh)
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