QIPP and Joint Working

​Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) is an NHS initiative to improve the quality of care it delivers, while at the same time making savings that can be reinvested into the service.

QIPP engages with staff from across the NHS, at the local and regional level, and it is supported by QIPP plans and work streams that provide guidance and tools to help with successful implementation.

The NHS also works with a range of partners to deliver QIPP, one of which is the pharmaceutical industry. Apart from supplying medicines that improve the quality of patients’ lives and outcomes, the industry can contribute business skills and expertise, as well as provide extensive knowledge of the therapy areas relevant to its medicines.

Joint Working toolkit

Working with the Department of Health and the NHS, we have developed a toolkit on successful joint working. Joint working is a relatively new concept for many, but has already shown tangible benefits to patients, the NHS and industry, for example:

  • East Lincolnshire Primary Care Trust (PCT) reduced hospital admissions for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) by 23% through working with three companies to target and screen patients, train clinicians and set up specific COPD clinics
  • In Ashton Leigh and Wigan, the PCT is tackling low life expectancy and high rates of heart disease and diabetes by working with industry on a ‘Find and Treat’ strategy

The toolkit contains:

  • Specific Department of Health guidance for NHS organisations on joint working with the pharmaceutical industry
  • A strategic articulation of the mutual benefits of joint working and the benefits to patients
  • A best practice toolkit for both industry and the NHS on how to undertake joint working projects – this is a comprehensive and practical guide filled with useful tools and templates that can be adapted to individual circumstances

Further information

For more information visit the Department of Health Joint Working toolkit website.


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