Measuring NHS Productivity during a health crisis
Senior Research Fellow, Adriana Castelli, Centre for Health Economics (CHE), University of York
External Seminars New Research Seminar Series Seminars
Thursday, 14 September 2023, 1.30pm to 2.30pm
Date and time: Thursday 14 September 2023, 13:30 hours (1.30 pm UK BST)
Location: L1 Main Meeting Room, Richard Doll Building, Old Road Campus, Headington, OX3 7LF
To Join: This is a free event, which will be taking place both in-person and online via Zoom/Microsoft Teams. Register
Abstract: It is important for the government and citizens to know what the NHS does with the resources it receives. The 2020/21 NHS productivity update covers the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. During this period, the NHS faced a major health crisis and this presents some challenges to how we calculate and interpret our measure of productivity growth. We find that NHS productivity fell by around 24%, on account of both a substantial decrease in outputs (by 16.05%) and an increase in inputs (10.49%). This talk will explore how the pandemic led to a reduction of patients seen and treated, and what this means for the health and value produced by the NHS during this time.
Bio: Adriana Castelli is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Economics (CHE), University of York, which she joined in 2004 to work on the pioneering research project (joint CHE and the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, London) on the development and measurement of outputs and their quality, inputs and productivity for the English NHS.