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NHS England sets out plan for next phase of the Five Year Forward View

National Health Service (NHS) England has launched its new plan setting out how it will deliver practical developments in areas valued by patients and the public while transforming the way that care is delivered to ease pressure on hospitals by helping frail and older people live healthier, more independent lives.

The newly updated Five Year Forward View also details an accelerated drive to improve efficiency and use of information technology in order to deliver better care and meet rising demand within the constraints of available resources.

The NHS Five Year Forward View plan was introduced in 2014 and the plan outlines the next steps in further integrating and improving care:

  • Better access to GP services with everyone benefiting from extended opening in the weekends and evenings, newly designated ‘Urgent Treatment Centres’ and an enhanced NHS 111 service to ease pressure on Accident & Emergency (A&E) Department.
  • Improving mental health services by increasing beds for new mothers, more beds numbers for children and young people to cut out of area care, and more mental health professionals in the community and hospitals to stop crisis admissions.
  • Better care for senior citizens by bringing together services provided by GPs, therapists, hospitals, nurses and care staff, cutting emergency admissions and time spent in hospitals.
  • Driving effectiveness and tackling waste to make money financed in the NHS go further in providing the services and staff that patients need, including the latest treatments and technology.
  • Better cancer care intended at saving an additional 5,000 lives per year through new one-stop testing centres, screening programmes and state of the art radiotherapy machines.

Professor Jane Dacre, the President of the Royal College of Physicians said that the efforts on public health, cancer care and ease in the pressure of A&E is always welcome. However, in the previous few years such demands have meant that the opportunity and capability to transform services to advance the care provide for patients has become much harder to achieve.

Simon Stevens, the Chief Executive of NHS England said that the public support for the NHS is as strong as ever but so too are the pressures on NHS frontline staff.

He further added that the plan for next phase of the Five Year Forward View outlined a course for practical care improvements for the next few years. NHS do not underestimate the challenges but, get these right, and staff, patients and the tax-paying public will see the benefits.

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