On 18 June the Prime Minister set out a funding settlement for the NHS in England for the next five years. In return, the NHS has been asked to set out a long-term plan for the future of the NHS by autumn, setting out our ambitions for improvement over the next decade, and our plans to meet them over the five years of the funding settlement.
The development of the long-term plan for the NHS will need to be based on the advice and experience of clinical experts, staff and other stakeholders, including representatives of patients and the public.
As part of this process it is vital that all those who rely on and work in or alongside the NHS have the opportunity to contribute their ideas and insights. To make it easy for people to have their say on the different aspects of the plan NHS England have created a discussion guide for staff, clinicians, patients and the public to help stimulate those ideas and understand views across three key themes – life stage, clinical priorities and enablers of improvement – each covers a number of different areas which it is believed have the greatest potential to deliver improvements to the way the NHS provides care.
In each section an overview is provided of some of the key challenges and a series of questions that they would encourage you to answer to provide a consistent way of understanding people’s feedback. The online feedback form follows this same format. An easy read version of this guide is also available.
You can provide responses for every topic or just the ones that are important to you or the group you represent. Where possible organisations are encouraged to collate responses from their members into a single submission.
The deadline for submissions is 30 September 2018.