Jim Easton, NHS National Director for Improvement and Efficiency, has asked how the NHS can use innovation to deliver quality and value, at a large scale and quickly.
Speaking on the second day of the Innovation Expo, he gave a frank analysis of the challenges that face NHS staff: ‘deep in the culture of the NHS is the idea that better quality costs more money. We need to change this.’
Jim was keen to highlight that QIPP – the Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention challenge – is an opportunity for staff to release new ideas, and that it is everyone’s job to meet the QIPP challenge. He identified different examples of innovation including:
- better living environments for dementia patients
- drinking systems that help patients drink water while in bed
- medication with microchips that help computers record when a pill was taken
Jim was keen to point out that there is no shortage of proven ideas, but that the NHS needs to seek out innovative ideas and make them happen.
‘We are the generation of leaders who are reconstructing the NHS using what is possible, not what was done before.
QIPP is driven by a financial problem, but puts us on a path toward long-term responsibility for healthcare costs.’