Influencing the NHS long-term plan: PSNC update

Influencing the NHS long-term plan: PSNC update

September 22, 2018

Since the announcement of a £20 billion NHS funding increase in June, work to develop a new long-term plan for the health service has been ongoing.

The NHS long-term plan will set out how health services will be improved in return for the funding uplift, and work to develop it is being led by NHS England, based on the advice of a range of clinical experts and stakeholders.

PSNC is working closely with the other national pharmacy organisations to coordinate pharmacy’s input into the plan, and, as part of that work, PSNC and the NPA have this week submitted three briefing documents to NHS England and others.

The briefings highlight how community pharmacy could help to meet the specific challenges that the NHS is trying to address, and they have each been written for one of the working groups which are leading the development of the long-term plan.

Download the briefing on integrated and personalised care for people with long-term conditions and older people

Download the briefing on prevention, personal responsibility and health inequalities

Download the briefing on primary care

The national pharmacy organisations have also been taking part in engagement events around the Primary Care workstream of the plan, and will be submitting responses to the wider electronic consultation on the long-term plan which closes on September 30th.

NHS England’s consultation on the long-term plan

LPCs will discuss the long term plan at the Annual Conference of LPCs in Birmingham this week, but in the meantime they may wish to use the PSNC and NPA submissions to inform their own responses to the consultation.

The long-term plan: background information
In June 2018 Prime Minister Theresa May announced a new funding settlement for the NHS, confirming that it will receive an extra £20 billion a year by 2023. The figure is equivalent to a 3.4% rise to NHS England’s budget for frontline services.

In return for the funding, the NHS was tasked with developing a ten year plan setting out how improvements to healthcare would be delivered. The plan is expected to be published to coincide with the autumn Budget when further details of the NHS funding uplift, and how it will be funded, will be set out.

The long-term plan: priorities
The Prime Minister has set out a number of priorities for the NHS including:

  • Building on the safety and quality of care;
  • Better integration of health and social care;
  • A focus on prevention; and
  • Better mental health and cancer care.

Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, has identified prevention, technology and the healthcare workforce as his top early priorities for the health service.

And Simon Stevens, NHS England Chief Executive, has set out a number of long-term aims that will form part of the plan for the NHS. These include:

  • Major improvements to mental health services;
  • An overhaul to many aspects of cancer screening services;
  • A new focus around cardiovascular disease and outcomes for brain bleed strokes;
  • A renewed focus on children’s services, including prevention and inequality; and
  • New objectives for reducing health inequalities for people with learning disabilities, rough sleepers and the homeless.

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