Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, has presented an important five-year view for the health service, presenting a new model for meeting increasing challenges on the NHS, with more integrated care, care closer to home and a greater emphasis on local initiatives. There are to be more prominent roles for prevention (preventative care), community pharmacies, self-care and public health. Dementia, ageing, long-term conditions and obesity pose major challenges. Local (varied, non-standard) solutions are to be permitted; to enable GPs, hospitals, community health services and social services to pool resources and work collaboratively to provide more joined-up care for patients.
More funding, inevitably, is required (£8 billion) for the NHS, despite the maxim to “Think like a patient [and] act like a taxpayer”. Economies along the lines of £22 billion are also on the cards.
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