NHS England (NHSE) and NHS Improvement (NHSI) have published a briefing setting out their current draft of plans for the development of five- and ten-year plans, and inviting comment from those working within the NHS.
The programme focuses on the creation of new structures to better integrate the two organisations. This includes combined board committees, the creation of a new combined Executive Group, and the establishment of combined regional teams headed by Regional Directors. More generally across the NHS, it also proposes the creation of working groups covering specific areas of interest (such as cancer treatment and digital transformation), and the creation of an NHS Assembly to bring together all NHS groups, as well as stakeholders like patient organisations.
The move comes in response to a call from the Prime Minister for the NHS to better integrate, and to set out a clear plan to achieve this, in return for the NHS funding settlement announced in June. A final version of the NHS plans is expected to be published prior to the autumn Budget (anticipated in mid-November), to bulwark the previously announced funding settlement.