The NHS Benchmarking Network works with its members to understand the variation in demand, capacity and outcomes evident within the NHS, we support providers in delivering optimal services within resource constraints and commissioners to achieve the best balance of provision from available commissioning resources.
The Network’s Commissioner Pharmacy project has had its second round of benchmarking, previously having reported in 2014.
In delivering the Five Year Forward View and the move towards prevention and empowering patients, the role of clinical pharmacy in both primary care and community pharmacy in reducing pressures on other NHS services, is significant. The opportunity to realise fully the potential of clinical pharmacy within primary care is illustrated in the recent Community Pharmacy reforms announced by the Department of Health (Oct 2016) and NHS England’s announcement earlier this year of investment in 1,500 new jobs for pharmacists in general practice (April 2016). Central to these changes are the four principles of medicines optimisation provided by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society which enables efficiency savings to be made combined with improved patient outcomes.Read More
The NHS Benchmarking Network is pleased to present the findings from the fifth phase of Network’s national Urgent Care benchmarking project.
The urgent care system is arguably the most high profile of all NHS services in providing a rapid response to immediate and urgent needs for a wide range of patients. The volume of patients treated is high with more than half of the UK population coming into contact with urgent care systems each year. Although the sums of money invested in urgent care are highly material there is limited national benchmarking information available on the service beyond profiling of waiting times and demand levels.Read More
The NHS Benchmarking Network is the in-house benchmarking service of the NHS. The Network works with its members to understand the wide variation in demand, capacity and outcomes evident within the NHS. Our work supports commissioners to achieve the best balance from available commissioning resources, and providers in delivering optimal services within resource constraints.
The Network has over 330 member organisations covering: CCGs, UHBs in Wales, acute trusts, mental health trusts, community providers, independent organisations and other national bodies. The wideranging membership base allows the Network to run robust benchmarking projects, providing credible, comparative data, and sharing innovation across the NHS and other health and social care services.
The Network’s work programme includes a wide range of core benchmarking projects alongside additional bespoke work commissioned by national bodies. The core benchmarking projects are driven by member demand to fill the gaps in available national data. The Network’s core work programme includes both commissioner and provider focussed projects and member organisations can participate in any or all the projects applicable to their organisation.Read More