Planning for patients 2015/16
Leaders of the NHS in England have have published planning guidance for the NHS, setting out the steps to be taken during 2015/16 to start delivering the NHS Five Year Forward View.
NHS England, Monitor, the NHS Trust Development Authority, the Care Quality Commission, Public Health England and Health Education England have come together to issue the joint guidance called The Forward View into Action: planning for 2015/16, coordinating and establishing a firm foundation for longer term transformation of the NHS.
The guidance is backed by the £1.98 billion of additional NHS funding announced at the end of 2014, with specific financial allocations for healthcare commissioners also announced.
The coordinated guidance includes a new support package for GPs, plans for a radical upgrade in prevention of illness, and new access and treatment standards for mental health services.
Planning guidance requires leaders of local and national health and care services to take action on five fronts. The guidance:
- sets outs seven approaches to a radical upgrade in prevention of illness, with England becoming the first country to implement a national evidence-based diabetes prevention programme
- explains how £480 million of the £1.98 billion additional investment will be used to support transformation in primary care, mental health and local health economies
- makes clear that the local NHS must work together to ensure patients receive the standards guaranteed by the NHS Constitution
- underlines the NHS commitment to give doctors, nurses and carers access to all the data, information and knowledge they need to deliver the best possible care
- details how the NHS will accelerate innovation to become a world-leader in genomic and genetic testing, medicine optimisation and testing and evaluating new ideas and techniques