As the NHS attempts to secure unprecedented productivity gains, new research from the Nuffield Trust suggests how hospitals can improve efficiency.
The research report, ‘Can NHS hospitals do more with less?’, by Jeremy Hurst and Sally Williams, draws on a review of UK and international research studies and a survey of senior managers and clinicians at NHS trusts.
The report contains recommendations on how hospitals can increase efficiency. It identifies the key determinants of technical efficiency in hospitals, which include:
- management and staff engagement
- technology adoption
- hospital operational processes
- staff productivity, and
- the external policy environment.