A report from the International Longevity Centre covers seven examples of UK-based and international schemes involving innovation. These examples are:
- Memory First: an integrated dementia service run by a consortium of 162 GPs across 41 practices in Staffordshire.
- 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).
- Protocol 3 (P3): offering wide-ranging care services to older people in Belgium who need care 24/7, coordinated by a case manager.
- Home Dialysis: a scheme from the Manchester Royal Infirmary.
- 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.
Monitor’s “Closing the NHS Funding Gap” (2013) report proposed four broad solutions to productivity challenges in the NHS:
- Improving productivity within existing services.
- Delivering the right care in the right setting.
- Developing new ways of delivering care.
- 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:
- Giving Patients greater control over their health.
- Harnessing transformational technologies.
- Exploiting the potential of transparent data.
- Moving away from a “one-size fits all” model of care.
- 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”.
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.