At a time when hospitals are under pressure to improve quality and make productivity savings, they need to find tools to support them. Service-line management (SLM) and service-line reporting (SLR) offer one approach. Service-line management is a system in which a hospital trust is divided into specialist clinical areas that are then managed, by clinicians, as distinct operational units. SLM enables clinicians and managers to plan service activities, set objectives and targets, monitor financial and operational activity and manage performance. Service-line reporting provides the necessary data on financial performance, activity, quality and staffing.
Service-line management: Can it improve quality and efficiency? presents the findings from a series of interviews with staff at seven NHS trusts that are using SLM or SLR, revealing how they are implementing this approach and identifying what helps and what hinders this way of working.