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Quality & Productivity

The Government has reaffirmed the need to place quality of care at the heart of the NHS. The White Paper, Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS (July 2010) makes it clear that quality cannot be delivered through top down targets but by focusing on outcomes, giving real power to patients and devolving power and accountability to the frontline.  

Despite the recent good funding settlement for health, the NHS needs to make savings because of growing demand.  With factors such as an ageing population putting the NHS under increasing pressure, it is not possible to go on as before.

Now, more than ever before, the NHS has to achieve value for money and the best possible quality so that patients get the greatest benefit.  

The Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) programme is all about ensuring that each pound spent is used to bring maximum benefit and quality of care to patients.

The NHS needs to achieve up to £20 billion of efficiency savings by 2015 through a focus on quality, innovation, productivity and prevention. Every saving made will be reinvested in patient care by supporting frontline staff, funding innovative treatments and giving patients more choice.

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