Productivity and efficiency
Defining how productivity should be measured in foundation trusts and trusts, as well setting realistic efficiency expectations, is a key question facing the NHS in the coming years. Recently there has been a range of efficiency work programmes, the leading example being the Department of Health Carter review, which outlines proposed areas providers can become ever more productive and how that that can be calculated. NHS Providers looks to support members in achieving efficiency aims as well as informing the debate about provider productivity.
In this context foundation trusts and trusts are under increasing pressure to diversify their revenues. As well as helping their financial security and in turn enabling continued NHS provision, non-NHS income allows trusts to offer NHS patients services and innovations which might not otherwise be available.
More detail can be found in our briefings on policy and development in these areas in our resources for this page.