Changing the way health and social care work together in our system can only be worthwhile if it is going to make a tangible and lasting improvement on the lives of the communities we serve.
We know that just focussing on our immediate term priorities is not going to begin to tackle the longer-term inequalities facing our population. So we are already planning for the future, and work has already begun in planning for our medium and longer-term ambitions too.
- Invest in our workforce
Through more people and new ways of working, and by strengthening the compassionate and inclusive culture needed to deliver outstanding care.
- Respond to COVID-19 ever more effectively
Deliver the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme and meeting the needs of patients with COVID-19.
- Deliver significantly more elective care to tackle the elective backlog
Reduce long waits and improve performance against cancer waiting times standards.
- Improve the responsiveness of urgent and emergency care (UEC) and build community care capacity
Keeping patients safe and offering the right care, at the right time, in the right setting.
- Improve timely access to primary care
Maximise the impact of the investment in primary medical care and primary care networks (PCNs) to expand capacity, increase the number of appointments available and drive integrated working at neighbourhood and place level.
- Improve mental health services and services for people with a learning disability and/or autism
Maintain continued growth in mental health investment to transform and expand community health services and improve access.