Lean thinking

Lean is an improvement approach to improve flow and eliminate waste that was developed by Toyota. Lean is basically about getting the right things to the right place, at the right time, in the right quantities, while minimising waste and being flexible and open to change.

Lean brings into many industries, including healthcare, new concepts, tools and methods that have been effectively utilised to improve process flow. Tools that address workplace organisation, standardisation, visual control and elimination of non-value added steps are applied to improve flow, eliminate waste and exceed customer expectations.

The NHS Institute has created a package (the Lean Simulation Suitcase) that includes everything you need to set up and run a successful lean simulation in your organisation.   These events run internally by the NHS have been highly successful, highlighting:

  • how to improve flow to eliminate waste and reduce delays
  • how to get things right first time, thus improving quality and lowering costs
  • how to empower staff, motivate them to sustain results
  • to make good decisions using evidence
  • that learning by doing gets results, quickly.

For further information about lean, please look at our No Delays Achiever news and our Lean case studies.

The Lean simulation suitcase is now out of stock and will not be reprinted in its current format.

The NHS Institute is re-designing this product and a new version will be launched by the end of 2009. If you require any information with regard to a suitcase have have already purchased then email leansimulation@institute.nhs.uk.


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