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Next steps set out for shaping ambitions for NHS over coming decade

NHSE and NHS Improvement name those leading on priorities in new briefing

Caroline White

Friday, 10 August 2018

NHS England (NHSE) and NHS Improvement have set out the next steps* for shaping the ambitions for the NHS over the coming decade, by naming those who will be leading on the priority areas and stating that plans will draw on the experience of clinical and other experts and patients.

In June, prime minister Theresa May announced a funding settlement for the NHS for the next five years, amounting to an average of 3.4% real terms increase.

In return, she requested that the NHS come up with a 10-year plan for the NHS, setting out how the NHS will make major improvements to services in time for the autumn budget in November.

Working groups have been set up for “Life course programmes,” which include prevention, personal responsibility, and health inequalities; healthy childhood and maternal health; integrated and personalised care for people with long-term conditions and frail older people, including those with dementia.

The clinical priorities will be cancer; cardiovascular and respiratory diseases; learning disabilities and autism; and mental health.

Workstreams have also been established for the “enablers”: workforce, training and leadership; digital and technology; primary care; research and innovation; clinical review of standards; system architecture; and engagement.

Engagement will be based on seeking the views of frontline staff, clinical and other experts, patients and the public to collaborate on proposals and seek feedback on the plan’s priorities.

Plans are afoot to develop an “NHS Assembly” made up of representatives of NHS staff and patients.

In response, head of policy at NHS Providers, Amber Jabbal said: “The NHS 10-year plan and long-term funding settlement has the potential to be a ‘reset’ moment for the NHS – if we seize this opportunity."

She added that the engagement process was “an important first step towards a credible plan to be published in November.”

She continued: “We know that there will be tough choices ahead about the priorities for this ambitious plan. Ultimately, the plan must place patients and staff at its heart. It also needs to be deliverable within the funding available. That will only be the case if the NHS frontline is able to contribute to this process in a meaningful way.

“We welcome the commitment to engage patient groups and wider stakeholders in the development of the plan. We must have buy-in from the wider health and care sector if we are to achieve integrated care and meet the needs of patients in the future.”

*Developing the long-term plan for the NHS. Briefing from the Long-Term Plan Engagement Team. NHS England, August 2108.

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