NHSI to create league table for management consultants

NHS Improvement is to produce a league table on the most effective management consultants | HSJ

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At a session at the NHS Confederation conference in Liverpool yesterday, the head of the regulator’s financial improvement programme, said the ratings would go down to team and individual level.

Matthew Fox said performance would be hard to measure and would be done with the necessary respect for the individuals involved, but would get “into the world of Uber and individual scoring”.

The programme, now in its second year, sends teams of management consultants into trusts to turnaround financial performance. The ratings would apply only to consultancies involved in the programme.

Mr Fox said the programme was the “amber” to financial special measures’ “red” and NHSI asked firms to demonstrate a return on investment of 4:1.

He added that trust management teams were generally aware of where the savings opportunities were, they just did not have the time to pursue them, and this was where the external agencies came in.

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NHS Women on Boards: 50:50 by 2020

Report finds that though representation of women on NHS boards has shown improvement, women are still not being sufficiently represented in key leadership roles. | University of Exeter Business School | NHS Employers | NHS Improvement.

This report, written by Professor Ruth Sealy of the University of Exeter Business School, examines the steps the NHS needs to take to reach the target of equal gender representation on boards by 2020.  It summarises demographic data from 452 organisations, including arms-length bodies, NHS trusts and clinical commissioning groups.

The report reveals that of 245 NHS trusts and arms-length bodies (ALB), the percentage of female chief executives was found to be encouraging at 42.6%. But the representation of women in other key roles within these organisations was disappointing, as only 26.3% of finance directors and 24.6% of medical directors are women.

The full report is available here

Related: OnMedica: Only a quarter of key NHS leadership roles held by women

NHS efficiency map: updates

The HFMA and NHS Improvement have worked in partnership to update and revise the NHS efficiency map.

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The map is a tool that promotes best practice in identifying, delivering and monitoring cost improvement programmes (CIPs) in the NHS. The map contains links to a range of tools and guidance to help NHS bodies improve their efficiency.

The national focus on improving efficiency and productivity will mean taking local action to deliver savings remains a priority for all NHS organisations. Aimed at NHS finance directors and their teams and other NHS staff with an interest in the delivery of CIPs, the purpose of the NHS efficiency map is to highlight existing resources on eliminating waste, increasing efficiency and at the same time improving quality and safety.

The map is split into three sections: enablers for efficiency, provider efficiency and system efficiency. The map highlights the successes some NHS providers have had in delivering specific efficiency schemes and provides sign-posts to existing tools and reference materials. It also includes updated definitions for different types of efficiency.

The map will be updated as new tools and case studies are produced.

The case studies produced to date are: