Since its foundation in 1983 Newchurch has published a series of occasional papers on key issues in the health and care sector. The latest Newchurch Paper, Productivity, Technology and the NHS, looks at the NHS in England approach to productivity improvement half-way through the implementation of NHS Engand's 'Five Year Forward View'. The financial settlement with the government, based on the 5YFV, assumed a 2.4% annual improvement in productivity, whilst the 5FYV aspired to a sustained improvement of 3% a year in the longer term. According to the 5YFV, much of this productivity improvement would come through the implementation of new digital technologies. This Newchurch Paper looks at the prevailing approach to productivity and technology in the NHS and the local Sustainability and Transformation Plans, intended to implement the 5FYV and concludes not only that the 5YFV's aspirations are unlikley to be achieved but that the acceptance of sub-optimal productivity is the default position for the NHS.
The author Kingsley Manning founded Newchurch Limited in 1983 and was latterly Executive Chairman of Tribal Health and a Senior Advisor at McKinsey & Company. From May 2013 until June 2016, he was Chair of the Health and Social Care Information Centre (NHS Digital), the Department of Health's arms-length body responsible for data and technology across the health and social care sector.