NHS could save £9bn a year through clinical improvements

According to an article in the Health Service Journal (HSJ) “The NHS could save more than £9bn in a year if trusts improved their performance in just eight “high impact” clinical areas, the chief nursing officer for England has said.”

The eight “high impact” clinical areas identified by the chief nursing officer are

  • £1,050m – Cut pressure ulcer admissions in half
  • £3.8m – Cut patient falls in hospital by 25 per cent
  • £7,300m – Stop malnutrition and dehydration in hospitals and care homes
  • £10m – Reduce caesarean sections by 2.2 per cent a year
  • £105m – Give patients choice to die at home
  • £555m – Reduce sickness absence by a third
  • £31m – Nurse-led discharge to reduce unnecessary bed days
  • £124m – Prevent urinary tract infections
  • Total: £9.2bn
  • Healthcare Governance Review believes that given the NHS needs to save £15-20 billion, these clinical improvement savings, if realised, could go a long way to meet overall savings targets.

    Read the full HSJ article here.

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