Greater patient engagement needed to improve NHS efficiency

Clinical and patient engagement needs to intensify if the NHS is to improve efficiency and productivity, a group of MPs has said.

Lord Hunt: training of NHS staff could include work on how to engage patients

In a report on the NHS White Paper and patient, the public and health professional engagement, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on primary care and public health said it supports the government’s aim of putting patients first.

To improve NHS productivity the level of patient, public and health professional engagement should be intensified, it said.

Lord Hunt, co-chair of the APPG, suggested training of NHS staff could include work on how to engage patients and how to encourage greater positive health behaviours.

He said: ‘If implemented correctly health engagement can help towards efficiency savings whilst at the same time making the public and patients more empowered in their health decisions.’
Health minister Lord Howe added that health professionals have an ‘important role’ in helping patients look after their own health.

He said: ‘The Government is committed to strong patient and public involvement and engagement because it is essential in creating positive health behaviours and outcomes.’

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins


Already registered?

Sign in

Just published


NICE moves CVD advice closer to QOF and updates treatment escalation options

NICE draft guidance on cardiovascular disease backs a new target for lipid levels...

GP surgery sign

GP alert system shows practices under major pressure

General practice has moved up to an 'OPEL 3' pressure rating nationally with two...

Podcast: How making your practice a better place to work can improve patient care

Sheffield GP Dr Ben Allen explains how focusing on staff and improving his practice's...

X-ray sign

Spike in TB cases prompts public health warning

Cases of TB in England have risen by 7% compared with last year, prompting a warning...

COVID-19 vaccine

GPs demand investigation as winter vaccine 'mismanagement' risks patient safety

GP leaders in England have demanded an investigation into 'mismanagement' of this...

Medical centre sign

GP 'engineering' fears as small practice contracts offered on branch-only basis

GP leaders have raised concerns over the 'engineering' of general practice after...