NHS Leaders set out vision for healthcare in England ,recognising THE NHS is at a crossroads. That is the message from NHS England's Chief Executive Simon Stevens today as a Five Year Forward View for the NHS is launched.
THE NHS is at a crossroads and needs to change and improve as it moves forward.
That is the message from NHS England’s Chief Executive Simon Stevens today as a Five Year Forward View for the NHS is launched.
As the Forward View document is published, Mr Stevens will tell an audience of key stakeholders: “Healthcare in this country has improved dramatically over recent years and has weathered recent financial storms with remarkable resilience, thanks to protected funding and the commitment and dedication of NHS staff.
“But the NHS is now at a crossroads – as a country we need to decide which way to go. The Forward View represents the shared view of the national leadership of the NHS, setting out the choices – and consequences – that we will face over the next five years.
“It is perfectly possible to improve and sustain the NHS over the next five years in a way that the public and patients want. But to secure the future that we know is possible, the NHS needs to change substantially, and we need the support of future governments and other partners to do so.
Mr Stevens explained the Forward View is not a blueprint for care throughout the entire country, adding: “England is too big for a one-size-fits-all plan, and nor is the answer to simply let ‘a thousand flowers bloom’. It’s horses for courses.
“The NHS continues to be highly valued by the British people. But what’s great about the NHS cannot disguise what needs to change in the NHS.”
The Five Year Forward View is a collaboration between six leading NHS groups including Monitor, Health Education England, the NHS Trust Development Authority, Public Health England, the Care Quality Commission and NHS England.
It represents the first time the NHS has set out a clear sense of direction for the way services need to change and improve.
As well as the national leadership of the NHS, the Five Year Forward View has also been developed in partnership with patient groups, clinicians, the voluntary sector and think tanks.
The document, published in full on the NHS England website today, sets out why the NHS needs to evolve, the challenges that lie ahead and how these can be met.
The NHS Forward View details new models for how care could be provided in future. These include:
- allowing GP practices to join forces into single organisations that provide a broader range of services including those traditionally provided in hospital;
- creating new organisations that provide both GP and hospital services together with mental health, community and social care;
- helping patients needing urgent care to get the right care, at the right times in the right place by creating urgent care networks that work seven days a week;
- sustaining local hospitals where this is the best solution clinically and is affordable and has the support of local commissioners;
- concentrating services into specialist centres where there is a strong relationship between numbers of patients and the quality of care;
- improving opportunities for women to give birth outside hospital by making it easier for groups of midwives to set up NHS-funded midwifery services;
- improving quality of life and reduce hospital bed use by providing more health and rehabilitation services in care homes;
- finding new ways to support carers by identifying them more effectively and encouraging volunteering by, for example, offering council tax reductions for those who offer help and more programmes to help carers facing a crisis
For more information see original source: http://www.england.nhs.uk/2014/10/23/nhs-leaders-vision/
Relevant forthcoming events:
Embedding a Culture of Collective Healthcare Leadership Post Francis
Measuring and Monitoring Quality
23 October 2014