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Health Efficiencies

Authors: Vidhya Alakeson & Simon Duffy

Personalisation is not a threat to healthcare services and the principles of the NHS. Personalisation is the means by which an industrial model of healthcare delivery can begin to shift to something more personal, effective and efficient.

This report describes how personalisation, first developed in adult social care, needs to be adapted to fit the different context of healthcare services. It goes on to outline the very many significant benefits and efficiencies it could - if implemented well - produce. It is argued that the current efficiency targets within the NHS could be met if personalisation was fully embraced.

Several key areas where personalisation could bring about rapid improvements include:

  • End of Life Care
  • Mental Health
  • Out of Area Placements
  • NHS Continuing Care
  • Frequent Users of Healthcare
  • Jointly Funded Care

The report outlines the danger to personalisation in healthcare posed by poor implementation and the failure to adapt personalisation technologies to a different environment.


The publisher is The Centre for Welfare Reform.

Health Efficiencies © Vidhya Alakeson and Simon Duffy 2011.

All Rights Reserved. No part of this paper may be reproduced in any form without permission from the publisher except for the quotation of brief passages in reviews.

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