As spending on prevention accounts for only 3% of healthcare expenditure in Europe1, there is enormous potential – and good reason – for further spending to be allocated to early intervention programmes. In collaboration with the Work Foundation and associated partners and experts, the European Steering Group (ESG) on Sustainable Healthcare and AbbVie have developed this Toolkit to enable the scaling-up of the Madrid Early Intervention Clinic (EIC) project across Europe – and beyond.
How to implement the Early Intervention Toolkit in your country/region
There can be no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to developing and implementing the Toolkit. Different healthcare systems, countries and regions need to adapt the Toolkit, using a ‘bottom-up’ approach, taking account of local needs and requirements, and ensure ownership of clinical and system leaders.
Successful implementation of a bottom-up approach depends on the following four ‘critical success factors’, which are elaborated on in the next section on:
The establishment of a cross-sectoral platform for collaborative working and robust policy leadership underpinned by a clear and effective value proposition
The identification of a clear common goal among cross-sectoral stakeholders
The presence of a clear and feasible implementation strategy
Overcoming barriers through the application of appropriate incentives within the system
Building on these four critical success factors, a framework for the implementation of early intervention can be outlined as the following:
Achieving healthcare sustainability requires collaboration among all players in – and beyond – the healthcare system. To make this possible, the ESG for Sustainable Healthcare, the Work Foundation and AbbVie can be called upon to share best-practice examples and further insights.
1 Eurostat. (2017). Healthcare expenditure statistics. Available at: http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/index.php/Healthcare_expenditure_statistics