Local NHS organisations will be working with their local councils to develop and implement their own plans for the next five years.
These strategies will set out how they intend to take the ambitions from the NHS Long Term Plan and turn them into action to improve services and the health and wellbeing of their local communities, with a specific requirement to reduce health inequalities.
Imelda Redmond, National Director of Healthwatch England said:
“Both the Long Term Plan itself, and the increased financial investment being made in the NHS, are very welcome and it’s positive to see so many of the issues raised by Healthwatch up and down the country being addressed.
“What’s most important about today’s announcement is the extent to which the NHS has listened to the views and experiences of those who use its services.
“The plan recognises the major challenges people face in getting an appointment with their GP, and in response the NHS is rebalancing resources and bringing in new technology to help fix this.
“It is also clear that health service leaders have heard people’s desire to see mental health given much greater emphasis, particularly for young people.
“Healthwatch has played its part by bringing over 85,000 people’s experiences of care into the planning process, with the response of NHS leaders showing what difference it makes when people speak up and share their views.
“But the plan itself is just the start. Across the country, communities will now will come together with those running local hospitals and doctors’ surgeries to work out how this national plan is going to work in their area.
“Over the coming weeks we will be reaching out to every part of the country to give people a say, so if you want to shape what the NHS will look like in 10 years’ time get in touch with your Healthwatch.”
Does the NHS know what you think?
Over the coming weeks and months we will be working to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to have their say on what the Long Term Plan means for their area.
If you would like to share your view on what would improve health and care in your area, get in touch with your local Healthwatch.
The project is looking into the reasons why people may not have accessed virtual appointments – this is when a doctor, nurse or carer provides support over the phone or via video rather than in person.