The value of community services: helping people stay healthy, happy and independent

Sarah Day

11 September 2019


The need to expand community health services was emphasised in the Five year forward view to support the development of a population health approach and this has been developed in the recent NHS long term plan. However, while it is recognised that caring for people in their own homes or communities is beneficial to health and wellbeing, understanding where it can have the most impact continues to be a challenge.

This briefing is the second of a series looking at how services delivered in the community add value to both the patient and the wider health and care economy. 

The NHS long term plan has reversed an established trend of overlooking the importance of community health services in the delivery of care. The need to expand community health services was emphasised in the Five year forward view to support the development of a population health approach and this has been developed in the recent plan. However, while it is recognised that caring for people in their own homes or communities is beneficial to health and wellbeing, understanding where it can have the most impact continues to be a challenge.

This briefing is the second of a series looking at how services delivered in the community add value to both the patient and the wider health and care economy. This report focuses on the role that community services play in preventing illness or reducing exacerbations. The first briefing considered the value of delivering services in the community that were traditionally provided in an acute hospital setting. The final part of the series will look at the sector’s role as a system enabler.
The value of community services: helping people stay healthy, happy and independent

September 2019 (PDF 244KB)