Recovering NHS performance risks swallowing up new funding

NHS Providers | July 2018 | Recovering NHS performance risks swallowing up new funding

A report by NHS Providers warns that filling the gaps that have opened up in the health service after almost a decade of austerity will account for much if not most of the new money recently announced by the prime minister.

The report  The NHS funding settlement: recovering lost ground informs the debate on how the additional money should be spent to deliver the best deal for patients and service users, and for the taxpayer.

The report offers a realistic assessment of the likely costs of restoring performance in the hospital, mental health, community and ambulance sectors, so the health service can sustainably deliver the standards of care the public rightly expects, as outlined in the NHS constitution (Source:NHS Providers).

A news release is available here 

The report can be read at NHS Providers 


How fixing the NHS’s broken pay system can deliver better outcomes for patients

An NHS bonus: how fixing the NHS’s broken pay system can deliver better outcomes for patients | Centre for Policy Studies

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This report argues that by introducing greater flexibility into the system, and linking pay more closely with performance and objectives, both NHS productivity and patient outcomes could be improved. It urges the Government, and NHS managers, to make reform of the pay system an urgent priority as part of the new funding settlement.

Full report available here

Long-term funding of adult social care

The Housing, Communities and Local Government and Health and Social Care Committees have published Long-term funding of adult social care.

The joint report calls for a sustainable funding solution for adult social care and the introduction of a ‘Social Care Premium’, either as an additional element of National Insurance or with the premium paid into dedicated not-for-profit social insurance fund that people would be confident could only be used for social care.

Watch the interactive report:

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The NHS at 70

The Health Foundation, Institute for Fiscal Studies, The King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust have published the next three briefings in their series marking 70 years of the NHS

Better health and care for all

Better health and care for all: A 10-point plan for the 2020s. The final report of the Lord Darzi Review of Health and Care.| Institute for Public Policy Research

A previous report concluded that a bold long-term funding and reform plan is needed to secure the future of the NHS and social care. This final report of the Lord Darzi Review puts forward a ten-point plan to achieve this, as well as a ten-point offer to the public which sets out what the health and care system will be able to offer if this plan for investment and reform is adopted. 

Full report: Better health and care for all: A 10-point plan for the 2020s.

Summary available here

NHS Funding Plan

Department of Health and Social Care| June 2018 | Prime Minister sets out 5-year NHS funding plan

The NHS will receive increased funding of £20.5bn in real terms per year by the end of the 5 years compared to today – an average 3.4% per year overall – in a move to secure the future of the health service as it approaches its 70th birthday, the Prime Minister announced today.


This long-term funding commitment means the NHS has the financial security to develop a 10-year plan. The plan will be developed by the NHS, working closely with government and be published later this year. The priorities include:

  • getting back on the path to delivering agreed performance standards – locking in and further building on the recent progress made in the safety and quality of care
  • transforming cancer care so that patient outcomes move towards the very best in Europe
  • better access to mental health services, to help achieve the government’s commitment to parity of esteem between mental and physical health
  • better integration of health and social care, so that care does not suffer when patients are moved between systems
  • focusing on the prevention of ill-health, so people live longer, healthier lives

It will be essential that every pound in the NHS budget is spent wisely. The government will set the NHS 5 financial tests to show how the NHS will do its part to put the service onto a more sustainable footing:

  • improving productivity and efficiency
  • eliminating provider deficits
  • reducing unwarranted variation in the system so people get the consistently high standards of care wherever they live
  • getting much better at managing demand effectively
  • making better use of capital investment

(Source: Department of Health and Social Care)

The full press release is available from the DHSC 

Related: Jeremy Hunt’s statement to Parliament here

New £10 million fund to help retain GPs

NHS England announces new £10 million fund to support and retain GPs.

NHS England has announced a new £10 million fund to support and retain GPs. £7 million will be made available to help GPs to stay in the workforce through a new Local GP Retention Fund. Guidance for delivery of this fund is provided in Local General Practitioners Retention Fund: guidance for NHS England Regional and Local Office Teams.

A further £3 million will be made available to establish seven intensive support sites in areas that have struggled most to retain GPs.  Details on these sites and plans for retention efforts there will be announced next month.

The fund will support local health services focussing on supporting newly qualified GPs or those within their first five years of practice, who are seriously considering leaving general practice or who are no longer clinically practising in the NHS in England but remain on the National Performers List (Medical).

Full story at NHS England