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Productivity Pitches #3: Health and social care

Productivity Pitches highlights outstanding examples of innovation across public services.

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Productivity in public services has never been more important. Most services are struggling to return to pre-pandemic performance levels, and both the Conservatives and Labour have indicated that they will stick to tight spending plans after the election. Improvements in performance will likely come from frontline workers finding new, innovative ways of delivering services.

So what can be done to improve productivity? By highlighting outstanding examples of innovation across public services, Productivity Pitches, a new series of events hosted by the IfG, aims to share and support ways to improve performance levels.  

This event was the third in the series and focussed on health and social care.  

Each speaker had 10 minutes to present their innovation, followed by 10 minutes of audience questions. The chair and a guest from The Productivity Institute – who are kindly supporting this event series – then brought together the common themes from the pitches and discussed the lessons for improving productivity.  

The speakers for this edition of Productivity Pitches were:  

  • Sandra Croasdale, Associate Director of Integrated Systems Development at NHS Greater Manchester (Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale) and Steve Taylor, Chief Officer/Director of Operations at Rochdale Care Organisation on their work to integrate health and care services to improve health outcomes for some of the most deprived parts of their community 
  • Matt Skinner, Chief Executive of Care City on Care City's work to support people to live independently in their own home, helping them avoid unnecessary admissions into hospitals
  • Dr Sian Stanley, Clinical Director at Stort Valley and Villages Primary Care Network and her team have pioneered a network of care professionals who support young people with suspected autism while they wait for specialist treatment

The event was chaired by Nick Davies, Programme Director at the Institute for Government. Professor Diane Coyle, Co-director of the Bennett Institute at Cambridge University and Director of The Productivity Institute, joined the discussion of common themes.  

Photos from the event can be viewed on our Flickr page here.

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Productivity Pitches is kindly supported by The Productivity Institute. 

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