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Home > News > July 2005 > 05-Jul-2005

NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement launched

Health Minister Jane Kennedy has launched the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement.

The NHS Institute, which was launched on 1 st July, aims to lead the way in encouraging modernisation, innovation and learning in the NHS.

Health Minister Jane Kennedy said: "The NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement has the opportunity to deliver real benefits to staff and patients.

"Patients can now expect a better service from the NHS. The improvements that have been made to date represent unprecedented progress but the challenge for the NHS is to improve further the quality of care for patients.

"The NHS must work towards a wholly transformed service, which delivers value for money and puts patients truly at its centre by addressing their concerns around issues such as infection control.

"I hope that from the outset the NHS Institute will rise to these challenges by making the best use of the skills, thinking and resources that it has within the NHS in order to lead the way by recommending changes that establish best practice across the NHS."

Sir Nigel Crisp, NHS Chief Executive said: "The NHS Institute will help us tackle some of the biggest challenges in the NHS through innovate solutions, strengthened leadership and - crucially - shared learning.

"Sharing ideas and best practice is something that the NHS needs to do even better if we are to meet the expectations of patients and continue to drive forward reform.

"The NHS Institute can help deliver improvements for patients across England more quickly and consistently, and I look forward to working closely with them."

The Institute will focus on a small number of big priorities at any one time. The initial priorities for the Institute will be:

  • Reducing MRSA and healthcare associated infection
  • Achieving the 18-week waiting target
  • Improving productivity in the NHS
  • Innovation in care outside hospitals and long term conditions

Dame Yve Buckland, Chair of the NHS Institute said: "The NHS Institute is an exciting venture which will help to provide an ambitious focus for new ideas, technologies and practices to improve services to patients. Its priorities will reflect the priorities of the NHS.

"We will work closely with patients, clinicians, NHS organisations and industry in the UK and world-wide. Our role is to identify best practice and develop capability for service transformation, technology and product innovation, leadership development and learning within the NHS so that the habit of innovation and improvement can become embedded in every NHS organisation."

The National Innovation Centre will be part of the NHS Institute and based on the campus of the University of Warwick.

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