NHS and public health providers and commissioners have been facing increased demand and cost pressures for at least 10 years, magnified more recently by the pandemic. These pressures lead to concerns over the timeliness of service delivery and the ability of the health and social care system to continue to provide high quality care leading to good health outcomes. This has led to an increase in the number of innovations being introduced into the NHS and public health sectors, including new technology and service and care pathway redesign.
NHS, social care and public health organisations are expected to be able to economically justify any innovations they propose and there are concerns not only around cost-effectiveness but also the affordability of new initiatives. Many public sector bodies are under pressure to achieve efficiency and productivity savings in order to balance budgets. They are seeking innovations that will reduce
cost pressures and they need to understand the impact of changes in different sectors, including primary, community and social care as well as acute care. There is a focus on primary and secondary prevention approaches in public health to try to reduce demand across the health and social care sector. Organisations are keen to understand the initiatives that will provide the greatest value for money.
This course, run over 2 consecutive days, is aimed at NHS, social care and public health commissioners and providers, and private sector organisations. The course will provide an understanding of the NHS and public health economic context along with an introduction to the analysis of costs and benefits. It will provide an understanding of the principles of public health economics and economic modelling and will focus on the methods and techniques used to express economic information in ways that are useful to decision makers in the public sector. The course will include an introduction to statistical techniques used in health economics. The course will also help participants understand how to make an economic case for change to the health and social care system.