The Department of Health’s updated “NHS Mandate 2017 to 2018” defines long-term NHS objectives and goals up to 2020. The Mandate is based around seven “big picture” objectives:
- Improving local and national health outcomes, and reduce health inequalities, through better commissioning.
- Helping to create the safest, highest quality health and care service in the world.
- Balancing the NHS budget and improving efficiency and productivity.
- Leading a “step change” in the NHS in preventing ill-health and supporting people to live healthier lives.
- Maintaining and improving performance against core standards.
- Improving out-of-hospital care.
- Supporting research, innovation and growth.
The Government’s revised mandate to NHS England for 2017-18. A mandate from the Government to NHS England: April 2017 to March 2018. Presented to Parliament pursuant to Section 13A(1) of the National Health Service Act 2006. London: Department of Health, March 2017. [Revised March 2018].
Financial Sustainability Directions to NHS England (2017-18)
The accompanying financial directions cover expenditure controls with which NHS England must comply in order to meet budgetary controls applied by HM Treasury on the Department of Health.
2017-18 Financial Directions to NHS England. London: Department of Health, March 2017.