In November 2018, one of NOA’s founder member organisations, the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) asked the NOA for help with setting up an exercise to share ideas around the identification of cost improvement programme (CIP) schemes for 2019/20. The proposal generated a lot of interest across the NOA membership, and in early 2019, the NOA held its first CIP sharing workshop.
Member organisations shared CIP information which enabled us to have meaningful conversations and produce detailed case studies which are now available to members on request.
The next step for our CIP activity is to investigate Model Hospital training for our members. The Model Hospital, a free digital tool from NHS improvement, supports the NHS to provide the best patient care in the most efficient way. It enables trusts to compare their productivity and identify opportunities to improve – something we want to support our members to do.
We are also working to compare the costs of items purchased by some members to enable them to make more informed decisions in the procurement process.
Louise Napier, NOA Project Manager said, “Responding to the needs of our members is at the heart of what the NOA is about, so we jumped at the opportunity to support RNOH with this exercise. The workshop helped to highlight the cost improvement story across our membership, and we look forward to continuing to work with members to identify and deliver CIP programmes in their Trusts.”
Another CIP workshop will take place in Autumn, 2019 to enable investigation of ideas to prepare for business planning 20/21.
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