On the 7th of January, NHS England announced its plans for the next 10 years.

Front line health and care staff, patient groups and other experts have all contributed to the creation of the long-term plan.

The Main Points

  • Funding for mental health and primary care is increasing.
  • More technology will be used to improve access to and delivery of services.
  • A shift from reactive care to preventative care will be seen.

And most importantly, from our perspective, local NHS teams will be working with local Healthwatch to ensure that local plans reflect the patient voice. Make sure you’re subscribed to our newsletter to find out how you can make your voice heard on the new plans.

In response to this, our Chief Executive Thalia Jervis said:

We’re very excited to see Healthwatch being featured so prominently in the long-term plan. We’re enthusiastic to see what role Healthwatch Bucks will be taking in the development of the plans and hope to make sure that the patient voice is heard loud and clear.

Specific Focuses

So what will the NHS be focusing on over the next 10 years?

Making sure everyone gets the best start in life

  • Focusing on reducing deaths during birth and providing more postnatal support.
  • Increased funding for children and young people’s mental health and improvements in care for children with learning disabilities.
  • Improving treatments of cancer.

Delivering world-class care for major health problems

  • Preventing common fatal diseases (such as heart attacks, dementia, and stroke) through prevention, education, and early diagnosis.
  • Helping more people get therapy for depression and anxiety.
  • Delivering more community based physical and mental health care.

Supporting people to age well

  • Bringing different professionals together for more joined up care
  • Developing more rapid community response teams.
  • Giving people more say on their care and where the receive it.

The next steps

Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) and Integrated Care Systems (ICSs), will work with local councils and other partners, to develop and implement their own strategies for the next five years. They will also be working with local Healthwatch to create local 2019/20 plans for April. Then in Autumn, local 5-year plans will be published.

Read the full Long-Term Plan

Read the 2-page summary

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