Two years on from the publication of the NHS five year forward view, we assess how much progress has been made and what still needs to be done to align policies with the plan | The King’s Fund
In October 2014, NHS England and other arms-length bodies published the NHS five year forward view (Forward View). The Forward View set out a vision of how NHS services need to change to meet the needs of the population. It argued that the NHS should place far greater emphasis on prevention, integration of services, and putting patients and communities in control of their health.
The Forward View differed from previous policy documents; instead of setting out a blueprint for the future, it outlined a number of care models that can be adapted to put in place services appropriate to the needs of local populations. The emphasis was on ‘diverse solutions and local leadership, in place of further structural distraction’ supported by ‘meaningful local flexibility in the way payment rules, regulatory requirements and other mechanisms are applied’ (p 4).
In February 2015, The King’s Fund set out the main policy changes we thought were required to make a reality of the Forward View. These included changes in how NHS services are commissioned and paid for, how NHS organisations are supported to make improvements in care, and how a transformation fund could contribute. We argued that national bodies needed to provide clear and consistent leadership on these and other issues in order to support implementation.
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