07 September 2018
The NHS has just celebrated its 70th birthday. A lot has changed since it was created in 1948, and as a result the NHS is responding to changes in society that were never expected, or planned for, when it was set up 70 years ago.
But the NHS is also a dynamic and innovative institution that has continuously evolved over the last 70 years. Those who use it and work in it know that evolution needs to continue if the changing needs of patients are to be met when the NHS is celebrating its 80th birthday.
With the recent Government announcement of additional funding for the NHS we can now face the immediate future with renewed certainty; able to plan for the next five years confident of guaranteed budget increases.
The NHS is now working on a plan setting out our ambitions for improvement over the next decade, and our plans to meet them over the five years of the funding settlement.
As part of that process it is vital that all those who rely on and work in or alongside the NHS have the opportunity to contribute their ideas, experiences and insights.
The discussion guide (also available in an easy read version) is intended to help stimulate those ideas and understand views across three key themes – life stage, clinical priorities and enablers of improvement – each of which covers a number of different areas which we believe have the greatest potential to deliver improvements to the way the NHS provides care.
In each section we provide an overview of some of the key challenges and a series of questions that we would encourage you to answer to provide us a consistent way of understanding peoples’ feedback. The online feedback form (accessed below) follows this same format.
You may choose to provide responses for every topic, or just the ones that are important to you or the group you represent. Where possible, we would encourage organisations to collate responses from their members into a single submission.
We do ask that you fully complete the first page of the survey so that we know who we have heard from.
Please submit your comments to [email protected] using the response form below.
The deadline for commenting is Tuesday the 25th of September.