Better value health care

Event type: 
One-day conference


About this event

This event looked at ways to improve efficiency to deliver improved patient experience, improved health of the population, and a reduction in the cost of health care.

The conference was timed to coincide with the publication of Better value in the NHS, and attendees heard from experts in getting more value from health care resources, clinicians that are leading high-value services, and national leaders responsible for creating an environment that encourages sustainable improvement.

Ruth Robertson: better value in the NHS


Session one: Opening plenary

Welcome and introduction

Professor Chris Ham, Chief Executive, The King's Fund

Ministerial keynote address

Lord Prior of Brampton, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for NHS Productivity, Department of Health

Better value in the NHS: lessons from the past and opportunities for the future

  • Examining productivity improvements over the past 30 years in three specific areas
  • Examples of opportunities to deliver better value care through changes in clinical practice
  • What changes need to happen at each level of the system to create an environment for improvement from within the NHS?

Ruth Robertson, Fellow, Health Policy, The King's Fund

Bye bye quality, hello value

  • Assessing the five major problems facing health services.
  • Designing, planning and building a new paradigm based on triple value.
  • Rolling out RightCare.

Sir Muir Gray, Director, Better Value Healthcare (BVHC)

Session two: Clinically-led high value services

Welcome and introduction

Catherine Foot, Assistant Director of Policy, The King's Fund

Making best possible value decisions

  • Putting value at the centre of every decision to deliver the best outcomes for patients given the resources available to the NHS.
  • Working with finance, clinical and managerial staff, patients and the public.

Jennifer Howells, Regional Finance Director (South), NHS England

Peter Ridley, Director of Finance and Informatics, Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Creating value: Accountable, Integrated Programmes of Care

  • Population segmentation.
  • New models of programme delivery.
  • New models of care delivery.

Dr Steven Laitner, GP and freelance health consultant

Session three: The productivity challenge – can the NHS deliver?

Welcome back

Professor John Appleby, Chief Economist, The King’s Fund

Meeting the efficiency targets outlined in the NHS five year forward view

  • Review of operational productivity in NHS providers: interim recommendations and next steps.

Lord Carter of Coles, Chair, NHS Procurement and Efficiency Board

Panel discussion – how can the NHS deliver the £22 billion productivity savings?

  • Identifying key opportunities to improve productivity in the future.
  • Creating an environment for improvement.

Panellists include:

  • Sir Robert Naylor, Chief Executive, University College London Hospitals (UCLH) NHS Foundation Trust
  • Jim Mackey, Chief Executive, Northumbria NHS Foundation Trust

Session four

Welcome back

Dr Fiona Godlee, Editor in Chief, British Medical Journal

Understanding the role of doctors in delivering better value health care

  • Clinical leadership in improving service quality, innovation and productivity.

Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, National Medical Director, NHS England

Panel response: encouraging clinicians and front-line professionals to identify and lead sustainable changes to services

  • How do we use the right language to engage clinicians and front-line staff in making change happen?
  • How do we provide clinicians with the time and skills needed to review how they provide care and how it can be improved?

Panellists include:

  • Vijaya Nath, Director of Leadership Development, The King's Fund
  • Dr Umesh Prabhu, Medical Director, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust
  • Professor Stephen Powis, Medical Director, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Caz Sayer, Chair, Camden Clinical Commissioning Group


Session one: Opening plenary