A summary of The NHS long term plan

Lisa Robertson and Andrew Monahan

09 January 2019


The NHS long term plan (the Plan), published in January 2019, aims to make the NHS fit for the future and to get the most value for patients out of every pound of taxpayers’ investment. The plan sets out a range of aims – making sure everyone gets the best start in life, delivering world class care for major health problems and supporting people to age well. The Plan provides a framework for local systems to develop plans, based on principles of collaboration and co-design.

This briefing for HFMA members, summarises the key points included in the Plan.

The NHS long term plan sets out ambitious improvements for patients over the next ten years. Building on work already started, the challenge is for local NHS organisations to work with their partners to develop and implement local plans for their local population. The HFMA will work to support finance teams in developing local plans. These plans must overcome the challenges that the NHS faces, such as staff shortages and growing demand for services. The workforce implementation plan and social care green paper due to published later this year will be key to realising these ambitions. While the scale of change required cannot be underestimated, the aim is to make the NHS fit for purpose for patients, their families and staff.
A summary of The NHS long term plan

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