NHS England’s business plan for 2015/16 expands upon the main goals and priorities for the year ahead. The plan involves ten priorities:
- Improving the quality of care and access to cancer treatment.
- Upgrading the quality of care and access to mental health and dementia services.
- Transforming care for people with learning disabilities.
- Tackling obesity and preventing diabetes.
- Re-designing urgent and emergency care services.
- Improving primary care services.
- Ensuring timely access to high quality elective care.
- Ensuring high quality and affordable specialised care.
- Achieving whole system change for future clinical and financial sustainability.
- Establishing foundations for improvement.
The business plan will engage diverse communities, and continue to encourage patient / citizen involvement. There is a total £1.98 billion for frontline services, to be invested in the creation of new care models and primary care developments.
Building the NHS of the Five Year Forward View: NHS England Business Plan 2015/16. London: NHS England, March 27th 2015.
Our business plan. London: NHS England, March 27th 2015.
This relates to:
Building the NHS of the Five year Forward View – NHS England Business Plan 2015/16. London: NHS England, March 30th 2015. Publications Gateway No. 03172.
New Parliament (2015)
A brief post-2015 general election analysis from BBC News:
Triggle, N. (2015). The NHS: what we weren’t told during the election. London: BBC Health News, May 12th 2015.
This relates to:
Hopson, C. (2015). The new health secretary will face an uphill battle. Health Service Journal (HSJ), May 8th 2015.
A Steady Hand on NHS Tiller
Jeremy Hunt continues to be Secretary of State for Health:
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt on his reappointment. London: Department of Health and The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt, May 12th 2015.
“My biggest priority now is to transform care outside hospitals – just as we have dramatically improved the quality of care inside hospitals in the last few years. All of us want every single older and vulnerable person to be treated with the highest standards of care – so we need a step change in services offered through GP surgeries, community care and social care”.
Pym, H. (2015). New parliament, new majority government – what next for the NHS? London: BBC Health News, May 12th 2015.
Mental Health Funding Forecasts
According to figures seen by the BBC before the 2015 general election, mental health trusts in England have forecast significant cuts to their funding over the next four years. The information, from three-quarters of mental health trusts, suggests that income is expected to fall by 8% in real terms between 2014-15 to 2018-19.
NHS England have replied that mental health spending overall has risen, marginally, from £11.36 billion in 2013-14 to £11.66 billion last year.
Hutchinson, S. (2015). Mental health spending cuts forecast. London: BBC News / BBC Health News, May 6th 2015.