Quality, Innovation and Evidence in Sweden and England – Establishing a Collaborative Roadmap
Paper in proceedings, 2010
International healthcare regulators, providers and commissioners are facing severe funding constraints
that are putting increased pressures on quality, innovation and performance.
Within England, NHS resources have unsustainably grown, and all organisations are launching
initiatives to increase quality, innovation, productivity and prevention while decreasing cost. Within
the Swedish case the decentralised organisation of health and care into the countries county councils,
face similar problems. Many are working together to combine new medical and logistical processes
with patient centred approaches.
This paper investigates the political and best practice differences between Sweden and England and
investigates their similarities and differences according to a number of factors, including e.g.
organisational roles, regulator standards, best practices and innovation in quality and organisational
This work is looking to establish a new international best practice framework that structures the
relationship between evidence and design, in its broadest sense. It addresses the international role in
improving design quality of mandatory standards and compliance criteria on the one hand and
excellence and quality on the other.