The NHS is facing the biggest financial challenge in its history. Our Quality in a Cold Climate project aimed to support the NHS in delivering productivity improvements required to meet this challenge.
Project reports and briefings
This project has produced a number of papers, briefings and responses.
- Reconfiguring hospital services
- Mental health and the productivity challenge: improving quality and value for money
- Avoiding hospital admissions: what does the research evidence say?
- Improving NHS productivity: more with the same not more of the same
- Referral management: lessons for success
- Approaches to demand management: commissioning in a cold climate
- Avoiding hospital admissions: lessons from evidence and experience
- Windmill 2009: NHS response to the financial storm
- How cold will it be? Prospects for NHS funding 2011-17
The key staff responsible for Quality in a Cold Climate are:
- Mark Jennings, Director of Health Care Improvement
- Candace Imison, Deputy Director of Policy
- Professor John Appleby, Chief Economist
- Chris Ham, Chief Executive
- Patrick South, Head of Press and Public Affairs
- Martin Land, Associate, Leadership Development
- Liz Thiebe, Acting Director of Leadership
The King's Fund has also recruited a virtual reference group comprising a range of NHS leaders who are tackling the financial and quality challenges in their local areas. The group will help to shape and inform priorities for the programme and act as a sounding board to test our approach, analysis and outputs.
Mental health and the productivity challenge
We hear from Chris Naylor, project lead, and a number of the case studies featured in the final report from our publication on mental health and the productivity challenge.
Improving NHS productivity
Lord Howe, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Quality, outlines the productivity challenges facing the NHS.
Jim Easton, Director for Improvement and Efficiency, Department of Health, discusses how the QIPP health agenda has been working so far and how quality of care can be improved whilst implementing substantial efficiency savings.
John Appleby, Chief Economist at The King's Fund, looks at why we need to improve NHS productivity and by how much at our Improving NHS productivity conference.
We get an American perspective on unwarranted variations in care from Jack Wennberg and Al Mulley. How can we compare this to variations in NHS care in England?