DoH urges NHS staff to share local successes

Learning from local successes not looking to central government for answers will be the only effective way to learn how to track quality improvements and cost savings, according to the DoH.

Mr Easton: delivering improved quality care 'not easy'
Mr Easton: delivering improved quality care 'not easy'

Good practice examples can be submitted to a new web-based Measurement for Quality and Cost ideas channel launched by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement on Thursday and shared across the NHS.

Jim Easton, NHS national director of efficiency and improvement for England, said: ‘Delivering improved quality care against a difficult cost backdrop is not going to be easy so it is vital that we know whether we are being successful or not. To do this we need to be able to measure our work at every level to show that we are making quality improvements and cost savings at every step of the way.

‘Effective measurement will be crucial in providing us with the benchmarks we need to help us understand where we need to start from, where we are now and where we need to be so that we start moving away from a top-down approach to one where what is happening at a local level will increasingly help inform and shape the provision of care.'

NHS staff can log onto www.institute.nhs.uk/MfQ to submit examples and to review and comment on other people's examples.

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