The idea of ‘prudent healthcare’ was developed by the Bevan Commission in 2013 in response to the challenge of how to improve healthcare during times of austerity. It has since become a major health strategy for the Welsh Government.
The strategy aims to deliver health care which fits the needs and circumstances of service users, and actively avoids ineffective care that is not to a patients’ benefit.
It requires healthcare professionals and government to use resources effectively and efficiently to prevent avoidable waste and harm.
Source: 1000 Lives Plus
Prudent healthcare principles are key to providing sustainable health services in the future, and are subsequently found throughout the Shaping Our Future Wellbeing Programme. They are reflected in our own Shaping Our Future Wellbeing Principles, as well as the process by which the programme has been developed.
Cardiff and Vale UHB Medical Director and Consultant Paediatrician, Dr Graham Shortland, recently wrote an article for the Making Prudent Healthcare Happen website, with his reflections on engaging physicians and patients in conversations about preventing harm, ending unnecessary tests, and evaluating treatments and procedures.