Secondary care, community, mental health and ambulance trusts within the Eastern region are tasked with delivering stretching control totals in 2016/17.  Examining the provider sector control totals, the scale of the financial challenge becomes clear.  In addition, both the Carter report and NHS Improvement have calculated further efficiency opportunities nationally as shown opposite. Creating capacity today will be vital if we are to successfully deliver the longer term system ambitions of Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs). Therefore, Eastern AHSN has developed a provider productivity programme aimed at supporting all types of provider with implementing proven solutions to the productivity challenge.

Eastern AHSN is offering support to providers to implement new solutions to address productivity challenges, working in collaboration with an industry, voluntary and community sector or academic partner. A small element of non-recurrent funding will be available to support initial adaption and implementation of innovations. Alongside this the Eastern AHSN will provide enabler support in the form of service improvement methodology and networking to support the implementation phase.

Expressions of interest are being sought by providers who have an interest in adopting an innovation to deliver productivity gains. The expressions of interest should be developed in collaboration with an industry, academic or a voluntary and community sector partner and should align to the strategic vision for the STP footprint. To access non recurrent funding, the project team will work collaboratively with providers to complete a business case.

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