The NHS has just celebrated its 70th birthday.
A lot has changed since it was created in 1948, and as a result the NHS is responding to changes in society that were never expected, let alone planned for, when it was set up 70 years ago.
But the NHS is also a dynamic and innovative institution that has continuously evolved over the last 70 years. Those who use it and work in it know that evolution needs to continue if the changing needs of patients are to be met when the NHS is celebrating its 80th birthday.
With the recent Government announcement of additional funding for the NHS it can now face the immediate future with renewed certainty; able to plan for the next five years, confident of guaranteed budget increases.
The NHS is now working on a plan setting out its ambitions for improvement over the next decade, and its plans to meet them over the five years of the funding settlement.
Helping develop the plan
As part of that process it is vital that all those who rely on and work in or alongside the NHS have the opportunity to contribute their ideas, experiences and insights.
The discussion guide (also available in an easy read version) is intended to help stimulate those ideas and understand views across three key themes – life stage, clinical priorities and enablers of improvement – each covers a number of different areas which the NHS believes has the greatest potential to deliver improvements to the way it provides care. In each section there is an overview of some of the key challenges and a series of questions that the NHS encourage you to answer to provide a consistent way of understanding peoples’ feedback. The online feedback form (accessed below) follows this same format.
You may choose to provide responses for every topic, or just the ones that are important to you or the group you represent. Where possible, organisations are encouraged to collate responses from their members into a single submission. However you must fully complete the first page of the survey so that we know who we have heard from.