Government publishes the long term plan for the NHS

7 January 2019

The much anticipated long term plan is out. Entitled simply the NHS Long Term Plan, the document is a 134 page list of priorities for the next decade.

As expected, the document has a lot to say about prevention and self-care and restates long-running ambitions to see more care provided out of hospital. The plan also underlines the determination to accelerate the development of integrated care systems (ICS): all areas of the country are expected to implement ICS within two years. It also sets ambitious timescales for primary care networks (PCN) – clusters of general practice and other services covering local populations of 30,000-50,000 – with the expectation that all practices will be part of a PCN by April this year. GP network contracts will be used alongside existing GMS contracts to incentivise practices to provide services collaboratively.

NHS England is emphasising that while the long term plan is an “important milestone”, the job of turning it into detailed operational plans will fall to CCGs and other local organisations.

The document, along with other resources, can be read at www.longtermplan.nhs.uk.

 

 

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