As the NHS approaches its 70th Anniversary it has published the Next steps on the Five Year Forward View, setting out how it will deliver practice improvements in areas prized by patients and the public – cancer, mental health and GP access – while transforming the way that care is delivered to ease pressure on hospitals by helping frail and older people live healthier, more independent lives.
These measures, probably the biggest national move towards integrated care currently underway in any Western country, will also help to put the service on a more sustainable footing for the future.
It sets out goals for the next two years to improve care through:
- Further support for strengthening and transforming GP practices, to help our most popular service as it continues to improve and care for more patients
- Measures to stabilise and improve all parts of the Urgent and Emergency Care system
- Improvements in treatment and diagnosis for those with cancer
- Specific interventions to improve care for those with mental health conditions as we continue to reverse the historic underfunding in this area
- Support to help frail and older people stay healthy and independent
- Steps to continue to grow the NHS frontline over the next two years.
The Next Steps sets out the mechanisms by which we deliver this change, taking what we have learned from the Vanguards, and making them integral to how Sustainability and Transformational Plans develop from proposals to plans. It was also outline the progression of our most advanced STP areas into Accountable Care Systems.