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1st April 2008 saw the merging of existing NHS Improvement teams to form NHS Improvement - a new integrated national improvement programme

2nd May 2008

The Cancer Services Collaborative ‘Improvement Partnership’; Diagnostics Service Improvement, Heart Improvement Programme and Stroke Improvement has officially merge into one national improvement team called “NHS Improvement? from the 1st April. The integration of these programmes is a result of the recommendations from the national programmes review carried out by the Office of SHAs. The aim is to share service improvement resources and learning, increase impact and ensure value for money. 

NHS Improvement aims to build on the existing eight years practical service improvement experience and inimitable knowledge and continue to transform, deliver and sustain improvements across the entire pathway of care in cancer, cardiac, diagnostics and stroke services.  NHS Improvement will undertake focused pieces of redesign and testing work with clinical networks and local NHS teams to support local implementation and help spread improvements through to neighbouring networks, trusts and SHAs.

Sir Bruce Keogh NHS Medical Director said: “The service improvement teams have made an enormous contribution to supporting the National Clinical Directors in the implementation of national clinical service strategies such as the NHS Cancer Plan, the Coronary Heart Disease National Service Framework and in speeding up access to diagnostic services. The review by the Office of Strategic Health Authorities strongly endorsed the work of the individual teams?.

"I warmly welcome this new initiative to bring together the separate teams as NHS Improvement. I am confident that this new integrated team will go from strength to strength in implementing clinical service strategies, especially the new Cancer Reform Strategy and national Stroke Strategy and continuing to improve services and health outcomes for patients".

NHS Improvement works closely with the national Cancer programme (including Cancer screening and the Cancer Action Team), the DH Cardiovascular programme and 18 week programme to support the implementation and delivery of the Cancer Reform Strategy, 18 Week Programme, National Service Framework for CHD and the National Stroke Strategy.

Existing work of the Cancer Services Collaborative ‘Improvement Partnership’, Diagnostic Service Improvement and Heart Improvement Programme will continue under the umbrella of NHS Improvement, along with new work implementing the national Stroke Strategy.

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