Through its work, the NAO has seen government aim to deliver major programmes at speed. This is usually in response to emerging situations, such as COVID-19, or where timetables have been accelerated. Although delivering a programme quickly will have benefits, it also changes the risks involved.
This lessons learned report draws together our knowledge from recent reports such as the Investigation into preparations for potential COVID-19 vaccines and Investigation into how government increased the number of ventilators available to the NHS in response to COVID-19. It will help decision makers understand the implications and risks of deciding to deliver programmes at speed, and outline how we have seen these risks can be managed.