Radical Efficiency in health

June 22, 2010 at 9:27 am Leave a comment

Doctors are often seen as the classic empowered professional, who, unlike social workers and teachers, have strong independence and control over their work.  And with the rise of practice-based commissioning, arguably their empires are growing further.  However, our recent Radical Efficiency workshop with the Royal College for General Practitioners (drawing on the research we published this week), suggested a profession more tightly entwined with their communities and colleagues in other services than ever before.  And while this means doctors, like headteachers, are now managing competing pressures, this group of doctors at least were well up for the challenge.  They were keen to develop innovative services that traded still deeper collaboration with patients and other professionals for the chance to harness new resources to fight ill-health. 

The workshop drew on the four-part radical efficiency model and helped the GPs to develop proposals for innovation projects in their surgeries.   Over 80% of the participants found that it helped them identify new resources to support change and they particularly appreciated the way in which the workshop introduced new insights from the third and private sectors.  From GPs availabe 24/7 on the phone to surgeries as public health social enterprises, the day helped the teams of doctors to develop radical proposals about how they might generate significantly better outcomes for significantly lower cots.

If you are interested in engaging in this way with our research on Radical Efficiency, please don’t hesitate to contact Sarah Gillinson.

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