Minister unveils NHS body for innovation and learning

Health minister Jane Kennedy has launched a multimillion-pound NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement.

The institute’s role will be to encourage modernisation, innovation and learning in the health service. It will focus on:

  • 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

Kennedy said: “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.”

Dame Yve Buckland, chair of the NHS Institute, said: “Our role is to identify best practice and develop capability for service transformation, technology and product innovation, leadership development and learning within the NHS.”

The new institute will have a budget in 2005-06 of £80m and up to 170 staff.

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