The Productive Series

The Productive Series supports NHS teams to redesign and streamline the way they manage and work.  This helps achieve significant and lasting improvements – predominately in the extra time that they give to patients, as well as improving the quality of care delivered whilst reducing costs.

The Productive Series has adopted efficiency techniques previously used in car manufacturing and safety techniques learned in the aviation industry.  By working with NHS teams we have adapted them for the NHS in a practical and innovative way.

The key to the success of The Productive Series is that improvements are driven by staff themselves, by empowering them to ask difficult questions about practice and to make positive changes to the way they work.  The process promotes a continuous improvement culture leading to real savings in materials, reducing waste and vastly improving staff morale.

For further information click on one of the programmes below.

Productive Community Services The Productive Operating Theatre The Productive Leader The Productive Community Hospital The Productive Mental Health Ward The Productive Ward

Productive Care narratives

We have developed narrative packs to help nurses, finance directors and commissioners understand the aims and objectives of the Productive Care national workstream. 

Each narrative contains:

  • key messages
  • illustrative text
  • impact statements
  • quotes
  • suggested actions.
Each group can select relevant material from the packs for their own communication purposes.

Narrative packs

Narrative pack for nurses Narrative pack for nurses (53.00 KB)

Narrative pack for finance directors Narrative pack for finance directors (59.00 KB)

Narrative pack for commissioners Narrative pack for commissioners (58.50 KB)


If you are from NHS England and would like to get in touch with us please contact the Productive Team.

If you are from outside of NHS England, please look at the NHS Institute Worldwide web pages, or email us at Worldwide.


Latest Productives Events

Sun, Nov 21st, @ 9:30am - 5:00pm
South Central SHA Productive Operating Theatre Implementation Training