A future driven by innovation

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.’

In Innovation, Jim Easton, News

One Response to A future driven by innovation

  1. Dr GNANIE PANCH says:

    I discussed a summary of my work on chronic musculoskeletal pain sufferers with Mr Jim Easton in April at the forum on quality and safety in healthcare meeting in Amserdam 2011.

    The message was

    1 Objective measurement of chronic pain is feasible (based on international IMMPACT recommendations). The measurement is not routine in standard practice.

    2 The results highlight a high prevalence of emotional adversity including depression among sufferers

    3 When depression is not addressed a tendency is to offer treatments directed to improving pain. In addition to the failures with treatments and iatrogenic harm, patients continue to experience poorer quality in their lives. Futile treatment equals wasted expenditure.

    4 The medical management of chronic pain supported with objective measurements is the first step in transformiation to a cost effective high quality service.

    Can you please pass this e mail to Mr Jim Easton. I would greatly value his thoughts on my work. I, may be mistakenly, believe it works. The audited evidence however supports my assumptions.

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