Clinical responses to the downturn – NHS Confederation – 15 December 2010

Posted on January 14, 2011. Filed under: Health Economics, Health Mgmt Policy Planning | Tags: , , , |

Clinical responses to the downturn – NHS Confederation – 15 December 2010

“This joint publication brings together practical recommendations from focus groups with seven specialty medical societies and royal colleges, each of which were asked to suggest ways that clinicians in their own specialties can release NHS resources while maintaining or enhancing quality.

Seven medical specialties address how they can help tackle the NHS financial challenge.

The NHS faces the most prolonged period of financial constraint in its history. In the next four years it needs to find £15-£20 billion of savings at the same time as tackling underlying increase in the costs and demand for healthcare, and managing one of the biggest reorganisations in its history.

This report examines how to release NHS resources across the seven specialties of:

vascular services

The answers tackle issues with referrals, discharge, follow-up, procedures of low or questionable value, workforce profiles, commissioning, waste, and productivity, among others.

The recommendations will be of use to local commissioners and providers, clinical leaders, policy makers and anyone else seeking to address the most serious period of financial constraint in the history of the NHS.”

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