The updated NHS Mandate, from the Government to NHS England for the period April 2015 to March 2016, covers the renewed (and carried-forwards) ambitions for the health service. As with previous editions, it is structured around the five key objectives:
- Preventing people from dying prematurely.
- Enhancing quality of life for people with long-term conditions.
- Helping people to recover from episodes of ill-health or following injury.
- Ensuring that people have a positive experience of care.
- Treating and caring for people in a safe environment and protecting them from avoidable harm.
Note: The mandate reaffirms Government commitments to an NHS available to all, free at the point of care, based on clinical need (not on the ability to pay).
“There are 2 important updates to existing objectives where we expect NHS England to make further progress: (i) to join up health and social care services through the Better Care Fund and (ii) to introduce access and waiting time standards in important areas of mental health services by March 2016, as part of its wider objective to work towards parity of esteem between mental and physical health”.
Read more: NHS Mandate 2015 to 2016. Dept. of Health.
NHS Mandate 2015 to 2016, London: Department of Health, December 11th 2014.
This relates to:
The mandate: a mandate from the Government to NHS England – April 2015 to March 2016. London: Department of Health, November 24th 2014.
Better Care Fund Implementation Plans for 2015/16
The Better Care Fund (BCF) offers financial support for councils and NHS organisations to plan and deliver local services jointly. The following Department of Health document explains how the Better Care Fund is intended to work in 2015 to 2016. It covers the legal and financial basis of the BCF; conditions of access to the fund; the assurance and approval process; and payment for performance metrics.
BCF Taskforce (2014). Better Care Fund: policy framework. London: Department of Health and Department for Communities and Local Government, December 12th 2014.