Will the NHS long term plan give the community services sector the national focus it deserves?

17 April 2019

NHS Providers has published the fourth edition of its publication series Provider Voices, which promotes the views of trust leaders and other parts of the system on some of the key issues facing health and care services today.

In January this year the NHS long term plan was published. This outlined a vision to shift care away from hospitals and closer to people’s homes and communities.

Community Services: Our time explores the opportunities and risks for the sector as a result of the NHS long term plan. National NHS leaders have often promised to give greater emphasis to community services, making them more central and allocating greater investment. Will this now happen?


The report features 10 interviews and found:


The report pulls together a broad range of voices from sector representing NHS trust leaders, from the hospital, community, ambulance and mental health sectors, as well as representation from social care, primary care, integrated care systems and the Community Network.


The chief executive of NHS Providers, Chris Hopson said:

“The NHS long term plan puts community services, along with primary care, at the heart of its ambition to ensure patients receive care closer to home, to place greater emphasis on prevention and to deliver genuinely integrated care.

“The question of whether community services will receive the national focus they deserve, posed by this report, has never been more relevant

Chris Hopson    

“Primary care and community services have a vital role to play working together to help change the way people are supported, especially those who are frail and vulnerable.

“The question of whether community services will receive the national focus they deserve, posed by this report, has never been more relevant.”

 

The interviews for this report were carried out by Helen Crump. The interviewees are:


The next report in the series on specialised services will be published in the Autumn.

 

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