The NHS Jobs website could save the health service £80m a year by cutting spending on recruitment advertising and temporary staffing, a report from the Department of Health says.
The report from the newly established NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement contains recommendations for acute and primary care trusts on how to improve patient care and increase efficiency.
It also cites IT as one of three “key enablers” that could help save the NHS a total of £700m a year in efficiency gains.
The report outlines action to be taken by acute and primary care trusts aimed at reducing avoidable emergency hospital admissions, increasing the number of operations carried out as day cases, cutting patients’ length of stay in hospital and slashing agency staff costs.
Each area of work is accompanied by suggestions for how IT could be used to improve processes, particularly through analysis of NHS activity and monitoring key performance metrics.
The suggestions come amid rising concern about teh future of the NHS’s National Programme for IT. A critical National Audit Office report on the scheme is due out this week, and MPs on the Commons health select committee have called for hearings into the £6.2bn scheme after 23 IT experts and academics raised questions about its technical feasibility.