The NHS is working smarter to improve productivity, according to new figures published by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement.

The Better Care, Better Value indicators show increased productivity on a trust-by-trust basis across a number of key efficiency and productivity indicators.

The indicators show that in the past year the NHS has released£363m by working more efficiently.

Health minister Ben Bradshaw said: 'Productivity is about working smarter, not harder. Improved efficiency will deliver better patient care as well as better value for the taxpayer.'