Ahead of the NHS’s 75th birthday, the NHS Assembly has developed an independent report: The NHS in England at 75: priorities for the future. The Race Equality Foundation is pleased to have helped contribute to this report. This will help the NHS, nationally and locally, plan how to respond to long term opportunities and challenges.
The NHS Assembly is an advisory group to NHS England made up of representatives from across the health and care community. The report draws on the feedback of thousands of people who contributed to a rapid process of engagement with patients, carers, staff, and partners.
The Assembly found a growing consensus that theNHS should now focus on three key areas for long term development:
better preventing ill health,
delivering more coordinated care closer to home.
The engagement also reinforced the importance of the fundamental values of the NHS and of celebrating its workforce at the 75th Birthday, and highlights how the NHS has continuously adapted over its history.
A full summary and analysis of the feedback received through the NHS@75 engagement process is available here.