2018/19 NHS CIP Time Running Out

By October 24, 2018 News No Comments

NHSI published its quarterly review of performance on Sept 11th 2018, the link below takes you to the full document:


Performance against the CIP target can be summarised as follows:

  • 2017/18, providers achieved CIPs of £3.2 billion or 3.7%
  • 2018/19 the planned efficiency savings for the year have been set even higher, at £3.6 billion or 4.1% of total expenditure.
  • Planned CIP achievement for Q1 was £559 million (2.5%). At the end of the first quarter savings of £495 million (2.3%) had been achieved, £64 million below the ambitious plan.
  • The first quarter of 2018/19 continued the trend identified in 2017/18 whereby an underperformance against recurrent CIPs has been compensated by an increase in non-recurrent CIPs.

As in previous years many providers have back end loaded their CIP’s and as such not achieving the first quarter targets does not bode well for the remainder of the year.  The continuation of achieving / nearly achieving the CIP target via increased non recurrent savings only moves the problem to the following year.  Providers need to start to plan how they will deliver true transformational programmes of work which deliver system wide savings.  In addition to this they need to move away from the annual CIP hunt cycle and start to plan over multiple years, this will help to alleviate the back end loading issue.

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