Realising the Benefits of Reform
In May 2009 the Modernisation and Improvement Programme Board (MIPB) was reconstituted to take forward the benefits realisation phase of the reform process for health and social care. There are five strategic benefits that the reform programme aimed to deliver:
- More accessible and responsive services through improved commissioning, performance and financial management arrangements
- Better quality and safety of services through improved governance and assurance arrangements.
- Improved health and wellbeing and a reduction in health inequalities through a new focus on the determinants of health and wellbeing in conjunction with partners in local government.
- Improved involvement of individuals and communities in the design, delivery and evaluation of services.
- Achievement of efficiency savings by meeting RPA and CSR savings targets and reinvestment in front-line services.
The overall aim of the reconstituted MIPB is to provide assurance to the Minister that mechanisms are in place to oversee the realisation of the benefits of the health and social care reform process and to direct corrective action where possible and appropriate.
The reconstituted MIPB involves representation from the Department and the new HSC organisations and it meets on a quarterly basis. At each MIPB meeting members receive an update on progress towards realising the benefits and an update on any potential risks to the achievement of the benefits.