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