Understanding Right Care

The primary objective for Right Care is to maximise value

  • the value that the patient derives from their own care and treatment
  • the value the whole population derives from the investment in their healthcare

In recognition of the success and value of the Right Care programme, plans have been put in place to take forward the Right Care approach and  ensure that it becomes embedded in the new commissioning and public health agendas for the NHS.

Sir Muir Gray on Right Care Principles


Professor Jack Wennberg and Phil DaSilva in conversation

The Right Care approach is based on adopting the following principles:

  • Describe why variation is an issue for modern healthcare systems
  • Illustrate that un-explained variation is an opportunity for commissioners to increase effective healthcare for populations
  • Describe those variations in terms of spend and outcomes between populations to help local commissioners understand their opportunities to improve outcomes and increase value
  • Provide tools, co-produced with clinicians and commissioners to help the local health care system understand the value of healthcare being provided to their populations
  • Help commissioners and providers understand the importance of a “population perspective” whether based on geography or patient cohort (eg Frail elderly), to maximise value and benefit to their populations
  • Help commissioners think about fresh ways of commissioning, eg; Programmes of Care based on Programme Budgets, and population based integrated care within each programme
  • Describing new models of commissioning and contracting for value