Radical efficiency in the regions

October 9, 2009 at 2:34 pm 1 comment

by John Craig

Across health and social care, we spend huge amounts of money prescribing drugs and ensuring they are taken.  Not only are millions of pounds worth of drugs wasted, care staff have routinely to visit people in their homes for the sole purpose of ensuring they have taken their pills.  West Midlands JIP is part of a consortium innovating to tackle this problem.  They are developing and piloting a pill dispenser that can distribute 28 sets of pills over a timescale determined by a pharmacist.  Using motion censors, they can even text a next of kin to tell them when pills are removed.

Yesterday, I facillitated a meeting of all the RIEPs to talk about radical efficiency like this and to showcase examples.  We talked about some of the wicked issues involved in generating these savings.  When you work with providers to develop savings, to whom do the savings accrue?  Similarly, how can we encourage staff to help money-saving innovations to spread, in a climate when going public on cost reductions can swiftly lead to budget reductions?  Those discussions took us back in to the politics of innovation, but it was great to be part of a conversation with professionals so focused on sharing tips and strategies for generating public value.

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