Abstracts: May 25th, 2005

The Efficiency Map has been developed by the members of the NHS Productive Time Delivery Board. Its key purpose is to present initiatives to modernise service delivery, pay and workforce strategies, and IT systems within the NHS in a coherent way, highlighting expected benefits to front-line NHS of delivering the wider modernisation agenda, which ultimately will generate efficiency gains across all local health communities. It describes how process redesign can simplify the way some patient services are delivered, how skill-mix changes may result in a lower net cost, increased output or improved quality such as reduced treatment delay. It outlines how ‘NHS Connecting for Health’ is bringing modern computer systems to improve patient care and services. Over the next ten years it is expected to connect over 30,000 GPs to almost 300 hospitals and give patients access to their personal health and care information, transforming the way the NHS works.The map is available at: http://www.dh.gov.uk/assetRoot/04/11/05/61/04110561.pdf