Tackling Staffing and Funding Issues in the NHS Is Necessary for Improvement but Not Enough. To Support a More Sustainable Healthcare Service Innovation Needs to Be Embedded into Its Mindset, Practices and Policy
Jan 29, 2020
The NHS is under pressure to meet the changing demand for services with limited resources. Innovations spanning technologies, products, services and new ways of working provide opportunities to respond creatively and effectively to growing health demands across all age groups. RAND Europe and the University of Manchester were asked to conduct a study on the potential of innovation to help deliver an efficient and effective healthcare service.
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Publicly financed healthcare systems around the world are facing increasing pressures to deliver high-quality care with limited resources. These pressures are accentuated by the need to respond to a growing and changing nature of demand in light of factors such as aging populations, a growing burden of chronic diseases and comorbidities and drives towards more personalised treatment provision. Innovations spanning technologies, products, services and new ways of working provide opportunities to respond creatively and effectively to growing to the challenges facing healthcare systems. However, such innovations need to be accomplished within well-recognised resource constraints, and both policymakers and wider stakeholders often lack the appropriate information, evidence, capabilities, resources, relationships, incentives and accountabilities to effectively support the development and uptake of innovations that can improve the quality of healthcare services and benefit patients. Against this context, and in light of the challenges facing the NHS in England, RAND Europe and the University of Manchester were asked to conduct a study on the potential of innovation to help deliver an efficient and effective healthcare service.
The report expands on key findings as they relate to the current landscape for innovating in healthcare, key developments and capacity-building priorities. These relate to the following themes:
Supporting an innovating health system: insights from the broader landscape
Study findings: presentation and overview
Strengthening skills, capabilities and leadership for innovation
Ensuring appropriate motivations and accountabilities
Improving the information and evidence environment
Nurturing effective relationships and networks regionally and nationally
Facilitating meaningful patient and public involvement and engagement with innovation
Developing a funding and commissioning landscape to support innovation across the pathway
Better aligning policy design with a consideration of implementation requirements and success criteria
Measuring innovation uptake and impact: how can we know whether we are succeeding?
In reflection: issues to consider when taking forward actions to support an innovating health system