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QIPP programme - it's your NHS, don't waste it
We’re making your local NHS work better for you. To do it, we need your help because #ItsOurNHS.
Why are you making changes?
Your NHS is facing a massive financial challenge. Nationally, your NHS needs to save £22bn by 2020/21. This year, 2016/17, NHS Bradford City and NHS Bradford Districts clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) need to save £13m.
To make savings we need to work together. There are no additional resources available, savings need to be made now so that we can meet increasing demand and ensure that local services continue to meet your needs.
We are looking at how to be more innovative, more productive and help you use your NHS resources better whilst making sure services are still of the highest quality.
What is the QIPP programme?
The national Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) programme is a response to the financial challenge. The programme is all about making sure that each pound spent brings maximum benefit and quality of care to patients.
Both CCGs have an extremely strong record of financial management. However, there is ever increasing demand for services locally and we will need to make some tough decisions so that we can transform services in the future. We are looking at how we can innovate, be more productive, prevent NHS resources being used inappropriately and ensure services are still of the highest quality.
We will be open about these decisions. Many of our proposed QIPP projects are unlikely to have significant impact on any particular groups of patients. But, where it does involve the potential redesign of a service or pathway, we will engage fully with local people and our stakeholders. We will also be working closely with our People’s Board who will sense-checking our plans and bring a patient’s perspective to proposed changes.
These changes include:
- reducing medicines waste, particularly through a review of repeat prescribing systems and processes and increasing patients’ and professionals’ awareness of the effects of such waste
- working with patients and others to review their journey through the NHS to make sure that it is as clinically effective and patient-friendly as possible
- creating new ways of reducing unnecessary duplication of services and/or tests
- reviewing the prescribing of gluten-free foods
- ensuring the most cost effective drugs are prescribed, where appropriate
- where possible, expanding successful pilot schemes, such as the mental health wellbeing service
- using IT to help GPs with the appropriate referral of patients.
Further details about each scheme will be shared publically as the QIPP programme takes shape locally.
How can I get involved?
To make sure you get the most out of every NHS pound spent in Bradford, we're asking you to take more control of your health and change the way you use some of your NHS services. Some things that we need you to do are:
- take the medicines you are given - the most expensive medicines are the ones not taken. 50% of medicines are not taken as directed within 10 days of being prescribed.
- not asking for medicines you don't need - check what you've got at home first. Your NHS can't reuse medicines once they have been given out.
- use your NHS to the best - sometimes your GP isn't the best person to see, you can see your pharmacist, quickly without an appointment.
- buy some medicines from shops instead - it's cheaper to buy medicines for short term, minor illnesses, from your supermarket or pharmacy.