NHS England have today published the NHS Long Term Plan, which sets out the key ambitions and actions for the National Health Service over the next decade. Commenting on the publication, Chris Graham, Picker’s CEO, said:
“We welcome the NHS Long Term Plan, which sets out an ambitious vision for how the health service will develop and improve over the next decade. It is to be applauded that this looks holistically at physical and mental health at all stages of life, and broadly focuses on many of the issues that matter most to patients and service users.
“It is encouraging to note the plan’s call for a ‘fundamental shift… to deliver more person-centred care’. In the plan this is mainly embodied through improved support for self-management – including via social prescribing and personal health budgets – but this overlooks the importance of meaningful patient and public involvement at all stages in the design and delivery of care. We will continue to call on health and care providers, and particularly on the new Integrated Care Systems, to ensure that patients are given active roles in designing their care and services, both individually and collectively.
“As is recognised in the plan, delivery of its ambitions will depend both on the adequacy of funding and on the service’s workforce. The plan recognises the need to not only grow the NHS workforce but also to improve the experiences, opportunities, and retention of current NHS professionals. As the NHS Staff Survey has shown, health service employees face many challenges – but it is unclear from the Long Term Plan how these will be addressed. We await with interest the planned publication of the Workforce Implementation Plan, which will be vitally important to the future success of the NHS.”
You can read the NHS Long Term Plan here: https://www.longtermplan.nhs.uk/publication/nhs-long-term-plan/