NHS efficiency map

Emma Knowles

15 March 2017


The HFMA and NHS Improvement have worked in partnership to update and revise the NHS efficiency map. The map is a tool that promotes best practice in identifying, delivering and monitoring cost improvement programmes (CIPs) in the NHS. The map contains links to a range of tools and guidance to help NHS bodies improve their efficiency.

The national focus on improving efficiency and productivity will mean taking local action to deliver savings remains a priority for all NHS organisations. Aimed at NHS finance directors and their teams and other NHS staff with an interest in the delivery of CIPs, the purpose of the NHS efficiency map is to highlight existing resources on eliminating waste, increasing efficiency and at the same time improving quality and safety. 

The map is split into three sections: enablers for efficiency, provider efficiency and system efficiency. The map highlights the successes some NHS providers have had in delivering specific efficiency schemes and provides sign-posts to existing tools and reference materials. It also includes updated definitions for different types of efficiency.

The map will be updated as new tools and case studies are produced.

The case studies produced to date are:

Case study: Saving on printing costs – March 2017

Case study: Patient blood management – March 2017

Case study: Turning around procurement function – January 2017

Case study: Managing cost improvement programmes – January 2017

Case study: Improving arrangements for enhanced nursing care – December 2016

Last updated: ​March 2017


NHS efficiency map

March 2017 (PDF 285KB)