I have to say its a weighty tome and has 15 main recommendations and well over 100 hundred other recommendations, but do you know what I actually think its a good report. I think its got some really sensible suggestions and ideas that Trust can pick up and run with that will directly and indirectly contribute to the efficiency agenda of all Trusts.
Don;t be fooled by the banner headlines that this is just about Acute Trusts, which all of it absolutely is, but there are lots of the recommendations that I believe all Trusts can look to for help with where to go to save money.
Ar its core its about making sure that those who are responsible for spending the money across the NHS absolutely understand what value they get for that expenditure, and there are lots of suggestions and helpful measures to assist Trusts in getting to grips with whats become an ever tougher job.
I've still to get my head around the Weighted Activity Outputs, and the other various measures that are suggested, as I think that you could get lost in trying to argue the value of those, and if you do, well I think you'll sort of missed the point really.
I'm looking to use the report as a way of re-emgerigsing the Trust I'm currently working at, to look at savings in a more structured way.
Go have a read, you'll find the report on the DoH website (www.gov.uk) you won't be disappointed.
Let me know what you think.