Healthcare delivery … how does the NHS put a price on quality?

Tuesday, May 1, 2012


Is it realistic to suggest that it’s possible to deliver substantial cost savings in a healthcare system through improving quality and harnessing the innovative capabilities of the people working within it?

This is the approach being adopted in the UK by the NHS in seeking to deliver a vast £20bn saving from their healthcare budget within a 5-year period.

Jim Easton is the person responsible for delivering this ambitious target. He impressed audiences last week in Paris with his plan for delivering cost saving improvement ‘harder and faster’ using spread and adoption techniques throughout the UK system.

Jim is in Sydney presenting at the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association Healthcare Leadership workshop event on 14th-15th May.  This workshop is a joint collaboration between the AHHA and the NHS Institute, where Jim will explain the Change Model being used by the NHS to deliver this saving.  And it seems to be working: £5nb of audited savings have been delivered so far with changes in techniques delivering substantial improvements in productivity, waiting lists and reductions in harm.

With Jim will be some of those who have helped develop the model such as Helen Bevan, one of the most charismatic speakers on healthcare improvement and Lynne Maher, internationally renowned for her work on using patient experiences to redesign healthcare systems, and Director of Innovation at the NHS Institute.

Jim will also be introducing people such as Angela Pedder, Chief Executive of the RDE Foundation Trust in the UK which has been highly successful in generating the sort of productivity improvements that are helping to deliver Jim’s monumental target.

The NHS Institute are hoping to provide practical skills development and evidence of what will work in Healthcare Improvement and what won’t. Importantly their techniques as used by Jim Easton and his colleagues offer an alternative to the ‘slash and burn’ approach to controlling costs sought by many as the immediate response to a funding problem.

It won’t all be UK input, with a workshop on activity based funding (ABF) from former NZ Director General, Stephen McKernan and a case history presentation within the Australian context from Adrian Nowitzke, former Gold Coast Health Service District Chief Executive.

Designed to be a skills transfer and executive team coaching event, it will be possible to engage with the speakers to gain input into improvement projects and to book one-to-one sessions with them during the 2-day event.

For those wishing to attend and access the expertise of Jim and his colleagues click HERE  or telephone (02) 6162 0780.