The plan sets out some of the ways that we want to improve care for people over the next ten years; including making sure everyone gets the best start in life; reducing stillbirths and mother and child deaths during birth by 50%; taking further action on childhood obesity; increasing funding for children and young people’s mental health; bringing down waiting times for autism assessments. It also includes the importance of delivering world-class care for major health problems;  preventing 100,000 heart attacks, strokes and dementia cases; investing in spotting and treating lung conditions early to prevent 80,000 stays in hospital and delivering community-based physical and mental health care for 370,000 people with severe mental illness a year by 2023/24.

LTPconsultation.jpgSupporting people to age well and increasing funding for primary and community care by at least £4.5bn; coordinating care better and helping more people to live independently at home for longer are also highlighted in the Plan alongside improving the recognition of carers and support they receive and making further progress on care for people with dementia.

The Plan also sets out how we can overcome the challenges that the NHS faces, such as staff shortages and growing demand for services, by doing things differently and giving people more control over their own health and care whilst preventing illness and tackling health inequalities.

The plan also recognises the importance of the NHS workforce, training and recruiting more professionals – including thousands more clinical placements for undergraduate nurses, hundreds more medical school places, and more routes into the NHS such as apprenticeships. We will also make the NHS a better place to work, so more staff stay in the NHS and feel able to make better use of their skills and experience for patients. Digital technology is also high on the agenda. We will keep you updated on what’s next in terms of workforce and public engagement over the coming weeks. This means that over the next few months, whether you are NHS staff, a patient or a member of the public, you will have the opportunity to help shape what the NHS Long Term Plan means for your area, and how the services you use or work in need to change and improve.

The Equality and Health Inequalities Impact Assessment (EHIA) explains how NHS England has considered and addressed these ‘equality duties’ in developing the NHS Long Term Plan. This EHIA has assisted, and will assist, decision-makers to make informed decisions about the NHS Long Term Plan and these legal obligations.

We will also keep you updated on the publication of the Adult Social Care Green Paper when we know more.