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The productivity of space and physical assets in health services across the European union with particular em phasis on scanning services

Objective

This project will investigate the provision of scanning services with the aim of answering three key questions : firstly how does the productivity of manpower, equipment and physical assets in scanning vary across the European Union (EU); secondly, what quality of service is provided; and lastly, what measures can be applied to improve service quality, value for money and productivity. The outcome of the project will be a set of benchmark standards, relating to best practice, which can be used by planners, designers and managers.

Health services throughout Europe are moving through a period of dramatic change, in response to : an aging population; new advances in treatment and diagnostic techniques; public expectation for higher quality services; and capital and revenue costs which are increasing beyond the rate of inflation. The major impediment to sustaining and improving quality in health care is both the constraint of limited resources and the management of assets. Until recently these received much less attention that they deserved. The assumption that more money alone, even if it were available, would automatically solve the problems of demand and supply is clearly unrealistic.
This project recognises the crucial importance of resource management in addressing these issues an will aim to identify ways in which each of the three main resources, namely manpower, finance, and physical assets, can interactively improve overall productivity. It will also describe ways of obtaining better quality and value for money.
This study will focus on the provision of scanning services (Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Computed Tomography) across the EU, through a series of operational case study investigations in selected countries.
The outcome of the project will be a set of cost and technical benchmarks, relating to best practice, which can be used by planners, designers and managers. The study offers the prospects of important insights into the escalating costs of health care across the EU, and will make a major contribution to the fundamental control of such costs.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

University of Wales, Cardiff
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Bute Building, King Edward Vii Avenue
CF1 3AP Cardiff
United Kingdom

Participants (4)

Department of Health
Ireland
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Hawkins Street
2 Dublin
Frenchay Healthcare NHS Trust
United Kingdom
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Frenchay Hospital
BS16 1LE Bristol
Instituto Vasco de Estudios e Investigacion
Spain
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20/3,Avenida De La Libertad,
20004 Donostia-san Sebastian
Swedish Institute for Health Services Development
Sweden
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20,Hornsgatan 20
107 26 Stockholm