Improving savings and productivity in health and social care

The health and social care system is currently facing unprecedented financial burdens. There are drives both locally and centrally to keep costs low and organisations are being called on to find ways of increasing their productivity. Amidst this, an ageing population and rising obesity rates both place increasing demands on services.

Our savings and productivity collection can help organisations ensure they are making the most cost-effective use of their resources. The collection brings together all our products and services that can help health and social care organisations identify cost savings and increase productivity.

Cost saving resources

NICE resource impact assessment products accompany our guidelines. These are aimed at members of organisations who are responsible for implementing, assessing or monitoring the impact of guidance and standards.

The products can be used to estimate national and local resource impact information on:

  • financial costs or savings
  • workforce, infrastructure
  • implementation plans and business cases

The cost saving guidance page on our website also highlights NICE guidance which when implemented could provide opportunities to create savings for organisations.

Do not do recommendations

Our do not do recommendations database contains clinical practices, identified during the development of guidance that should be discontinued or not used routinely. Each recommendation contains information on the healthcare setting and links to the relevant NICE guidance or Quality Standard.

Have a look at the 5 most viewed do not do recommendations in our database.

Quality and productivity case studies

NICE Quality and Productivity case studies focus on quality improvement at a local level that also saves costs.

New interactive tools to help local authorities improve health and efficiency

This year we produced new online tools to help local authorities tackle alcohol misuse and physical inactivity among their communities.

The interactive return on investment tools help local authorities see the health benefits and savings that can be achieved through different combinations of public health activities.

The tools promote the major benefits of actions that prevent disease. For example, preventing a 1% increase in the number of people who are overweight or obese could save the NHS and local authorities around £97 million per year. Furthermore, the estimated overall costs to society of alcohol problems alone amount to £20 billion every year in cash-terms in England

By highlighting the benefits of prevention over cure, the tools help councils to choose information and data relevant for people in their area.

Commenting on how this NICE tool has helped her council, Dr Marion Gibbon, Consultant in Public Health and consultant lead for tobacco at Kent County Council, said: “In Kent we have used the NICE return on investment tool for tobacco in our bid for increasing the resource allocation to support the tobacco control programme.

“It was extremely helpful to be able to show some of the savings and health gain that could be achieved through the provision of extra resources.”

Visit our website to access the tools and to use our previously published return on investment tool on tobacco.