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Building the NHS of the Five Year Forward View-NHS Business Plan 2015/16

Updated on Thursday, 7 May 2015, 1689 views

NHS England has published its business plan for 2015/16, setting out its priorities for the coming year.

Building the NHS of the Five year Forward View – NHS England Business Plan 2015/16,, describes the organisation’s headline goals and priorities to ensure both high quality care for the people of England and efficiency for the taxpayer. The priorities are chosen to deliver the main themes of the Government’s mandate, while advancing the agenda the NHS has set for itself in the NHS Five Year Forward View.

For 2015/16 NHS England will focus on ten priorities to both improve quality and services, to drive better value for money, and to build the foundations for the future health and care system.

The ten priorities are:

  1. Improving the quality of care and access to cancer treatment
  2. Upgrading the quality of care and access to mental health and dementia services
  3. Transforming care for people with learning disabilities
  4. Tackling obesity and preventing diabetes
  5. Redesigning urgent and emergency care services
  6. Strengthening primary care services
  7. Timely access to high quality elective care
  8. Ensuring high quality and affordable specialised care
  9. Whole system change for future clinical and financial sustainability
  10. Foundations for improvement

The business plan commits to engage with our diverse communities and citizens in new ways, continuing to involve them directly in decisions about the future of health and care services, and putting citizens at the centre of the design process of NHS services and for new care models.

For 2015/16 the revised Government mandate allocated an extra £1.83 billion to NHS England – this, along with a further £150 million of reallocated resources, has resulted in a total of £1.98 billion for frontline services. The business plan describes how the increased financial settlement will help to kick start the investment needed to create new care models and further invest in primary care.

NHS England will work with partners throughout 2015/16 to close the gap between the least and most efficient services, realise productivity gains through technological advancement and implement preventative approaches and new care models. The organisation will build on existing work to use data and technology more effectively, encourage and invest in the benefits of innovation and science, such as Genomics, and build capacity and capability across health and care systems.

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