Thursday, 4 November 2010

Productivity 8: Where to find ideas for improving productivity in the NHS

This is the 8th in a series of Productivity notes by Sarah Fraser. So where do we find the "no-brainer" ideas for improving productivity in healthcare.

There is no need to start from scratch if you're looking to improve productivity in your organisation, team, ward or practice.  Many have gone before you and many have spent time writing up their experiences so you can learn from their efforts.

This is where I start looking:

  1. NHS Library (or any other academic library). DO some proper searches. I do feel that starting on productivity initiatives without doing a couple of hours research is shortsighted.  Google is not enough..
  2. NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement; for NHS England there is a lot of information available.  Scotland and Wales I know have similar organisations who gather and share productivity and improvement information. The same is true for most countries which have a public sector health system
  3. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement has a great deal of case studies and resources freely available
If I find nothing in the above then I will find another topic to work on. There is so much to learn from what others are doing that can make the productivity process easier that it doesn't feel worth being the one person who decides to design a research project instead of getting on with the change process.

If you have any favourite place to look for productivity ideas then please add a comment to this post.

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