Nurses need to increase their working efficiency more quickly than has been seen in recent years, the NHS national director for improvement and efficiency has said.
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Jim Easton said nurse leaders could build on work in the NHS Institute of Innovation and Improvement’s Productive Ward and Productive Community Services programmes, but would have to improve more quickly and widely.
Mr Easton said: “We want to use those programmes as a base to support frontline staff. The issue is that we have done that at a reasonable scale and pace, but this challenge will demand us doing more of that more quickly.”
Dame Christine said nurses could potentially save the NHS more than £9bn a year by implementing the actions, which include avoiding pressure sores and malnutrition, and would also improve care for patients.