Use of Resources assessment framework

A framework for evaluating how providers are making use of resources, leadership and governance in order to provide high quality care that is efficient and sustainable | NHS Improvement

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Following sector-wide feedback, we’ve produced this framework, finalising our approach to the Use of Resources assessment. This will help us to better understand how effectively and efficiently providers are using their resources – including finances, workforce, estates and facilities, technology and procurement – to provide high quality, efficient and sustainable care for patients, and will help us to deliver tailored support to providers.

The Use of Resources assessment will also help us to identify providers’ support needs under the Single Oversight Framework (SOF), and deliver targeted support accordingly. We are now updating the SOF to reflect these and other changes in our oversight approach and will publish an updated version in October, following feedback.

Read the full overview here

Tackling variations in clinical care: Assessing the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme

The Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme aims to bring about higher-quality care in hospitals, at lower cost, by reducing unwanted variations in services and practices | The King’s Fund

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It uses national data to identify the variations and outcomes, shares that data with all those concerned with a service – not only clinicians, but also clinical and medical directors, managers and chief executives – and monitors the changes that are implemented.

The programme began with orthopaedics and is now being rolled out to 32 different surgical and medical specialisms across the English NHS. Through an informal assessment of the programme, this paper sets out what the programme is, why it is needed, what is different about it, what it has achieved, what challenges it faces and what potential it has. It also contains vignettes illustrating hospitals’ experiences of the programme.

Best practice case studies

The NHS Confederation has published further case studies highlighting examples of best practice:

Best practice case studies

The NHS Confederation has published a series of case studies highlighting examples of best practice:

STP governance and engagement

NHS Clinical Commissioners and NHS England have published CCG lay members, non-executive directors and STP governance and engagement. 

This briefing brings together ideas from four workshops organised in February 2017 for lay members on CCG governing bodies and non-executive directors from NHS Trusts.  The report reflects the discussions that took place on issues such as the importance of governance and accountability and developing working relationships across STP footprints.

The report also sets out some recommendations from NHS England and NHS Improvement which include:.

  • Consider a central online resource showcasing examples of national good practice.
  • Consider the governance and engagement issues relating to the development of accountable care systems.
  • Take a coordinated approach to embedding the role of lay members and NEDs in sustainability and transformation partnerships.

It also includes next steps and actions for lay members/NEDs, national bodies and STP leads which are intended to support the successful implementation of STP and new models of care.

Read the report here

Improving quality and safety in healthcare

NHS Improvement has published a shared learning resource on Improving quality and safety in healthcare. 

This resource contains case studies from providers that have been rated ‘good’ for safety by the Care Quality Commission.  They offer practical guidance to developing and spreading good practice on the following:

Read more at NHS Improvement