The NHS must increase productivity and efficiency in order to achieve the 10% budget cuts mooted earlier this week.
According to the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, implementing programmes such as the Productive Ward can cut costs by 10%.
It allows nurses and staff to free up more time for nursing staff to spend with patients and boosts morale, reduces sickness absence and lower reliance on agency staff.
Professor Bernard Crump, CEO of the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement said: ‘NHS trusts still have time before 2011 to find the quality improvements which will unlock productivity savings that will most benefit their patients. The key is to start now: identifying what innovation and improvement programmes are getting the best results and supporting frontline staff to adapt them to suit local issues.’
The NHS Confederation estimates that there will be a real-terms cash shortfall of £15bn as the rate of investment in the health service decreases.
Can the NHS save money through increased prductivity?