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Action needed on five fronts for sustainable NHS


29 June 2015

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To enact the Five Year Forward View action is needed on five interlinked fronts, The Health Foundation says.

To enact the Five Year Forward View action is needed on five interlinked fronts, The Health Foundation says.

Shaping the future: A strategic framework for a successful NHSsets out five areas of focus, including active cost management, process improvement for quality and efficiency, new ways of delivering care and support, scientific discovery, technology and skills and a focus on population health.

According to the report, “finding a way forward will also depend on experience, consensus and the ability of leaders to take calculated risks”. It proposes that the right kind of leadership must be bold and strategic enough to develop a way forward with the front line, detailed enough to track progress and flexible to allow appropriate ‘course correction’ as evidence emerges.

The report argues that alignment – co-ordination between the different layers – and prioritisation of the areas with the greatest impact will be critical.

Dr Jennifer Dixon, chief executive of the Health Foundation, said: “The question isn’t whether to achieve the aspirations outlined in the NHS Five Year Forward view, but how. Our report outlines the main elements of a strategy, which has quality of care and increased productivity at its heart. We hope this framing will help steer policymakers and others in the NHS as they act on multiple fronts to address the challenges ahead.”

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