Jargon buster - NHS Institute for Innovation andImprovement

What is it?

Established as a Special Health Authority in July 2005. The institute will use its £80 million funding to focus on service transformation, technology and product, leadership development and learning.

How will it work?

Five teams will work on priority programmes, which will run for set timescales, allowing resources to be freed for other programmes. Initial priorities include 'innovation in care outside hospitals and long-term conditions'.

Other priorities are delivery of the 18-week maximum waiting target, the testing of new procurement models and ensuring further value from the NHS annual £4 billion training programme for the widest possible range of staff.

What are the cons?

Who knows how long it will last. The birth of the Institute followed the demise of the NHS Modernisation Agency, NHSU and the NHS Leadership centre. These three bodes were dissolved last summer, casualties of the streamlining of NHS 'arms-length bodies' pledged in 2004 by then health secretary John Reid.

Where can I find out more?

Visit www.institute.nhs.uk/or call the Institute on 0800 555550.

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