Guest Editorial October 2010



Lizzie CunninghamOctober's guest editorial was written by Lizzie Cunningham, Associate at the NHS Institute, who presented an update on the Productives Module Impact Framework, during the Expert on Call on 18th November 2010. Click here to listen to a recording of the session.



Understanding the benefits implementation of productive programmes

Lizzie Cunningham has worked within the NHS and healthcare for over 30 years both directly delivering patient care and at an operational management level. She has worked with the Productive Series since 2006 initially in a clinical operations role leading on implementation and more latterly as an Associate with the Institute. Lizzie has developed and delivered education and training programmes for the productive programmes and supported executives leads to ward lead in implementing the methodology within their organisations. More recently Lizzie has produced series of supplements to support organisations in the implementation of the same sex accommodation and privacy and dignity agenda. In 2009 Kings College undertook research into the impact of productive ward. This research identified there was a need to support organisations in providing the evidence that demonstrated the impact locally. The institute has responded by developing a framework that would help staff to collate evidence to demonstrate the impact and return on investment of implementing the programme.  Lizzie is now leading on the further development of this tool, known at the Productives Module Impact framework tool. (PMIF).


The current context:

Whilst the main focus of the productive programmes has been about delivering quality we canmot escape the fact that we have entered a phase of healthcare delivery where cost is a focus. It has never been more important to be able to identify the savings that are possible by improving working processes and patient care across the NHS. The current financial challenge will be addressed by driving improvements in Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) in order to balance the projected shortfall of £15-20 Billion. The productive programmes will play a key role in helping organisations to deliver on QIPP and the PMIF tool is one way they will be able to quantify this impact.



Questions you might wonder about:

  • I know that our work is having an impact but how do I demonstrate to others that it is worth the continued investment?
  • Who should be collecting this data? 
  • How do I register? 
  • What information will the tool provide me with? 
  • How can I demonstrate the quality and not just the financial impact? 
  • How can I evidence c the ‘softer’ improvements 
  • Where can I go to for information and support?

What will I learn?

  • What the tool does 
  • How to use the tool 
  • How the organisation can benefit from the tool 
  • How to register 
  • How it can help you in your implementation of the programme 
  • How the tool can support issues emerging from the findings from the Spread and Adoption research