NHS Efficiency Map – Updated March 2017

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The HFMA and NHS Improvement have worked in partnership to update and revise the NHS efficiency map. The map is a tool that promotes best practice in identifying, delivering and monitoring cost improvement programmes (CIPs) in the NHS.

NHS organisations continue to work hard delivering savings through improving efficiency and reducing waste. NHS England’s

Five-year forward view¹ makes clear the scale of gap between current spending and resources, setting out how NHS organisations will be expected to close the gap by 2021.

Alongside this, Lord Carter’s productivity review² found savings could be made through addressing unwarranted variation in the cost of providing clinical and back-office services, through improved staff engagement, better management of services and performance data and using digital technology more often. Implementing Carter’s recommendations is a priority that NHS England and NHS Improvement set out in their July 2016 paper Strengthening financial performance and accountability in 2016/17³.

The national focus on improving efficiency and productivity will mean taking local action to deliver savings remains a priority for all NHS organisations. Aimed at NHS finance directors and their teams and other NHS staff with an interest in the delivery of CIPs, the purpose of the NHS efficiency map is to highlight existing resources on eliminating waste, increasing efficiency and at the same time improving quality and safety.

The map is split into three sections: enablers for efficiency, provider efficiency and system efficiency. The map highlights the successes some NHS providers have had in delivering specific efficiency schemes and provides sign-posts to existing tools and reference materials. It also includes updated definitions for different types of efficiency.

This map will be updated as new tools and case studies are produced.

¹ www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/5yfv-web.pdf
² www.gov.uk/government/publications/productivity-in-nhs-hospitals
³ improvement.nhs.uk/uploads/documents/Strengthening_financial_performance_ and_accountability_in_2016-17_-_Final_2.pdf