The Five Year Forward View outlines the current and future challenges facing the NHS and details a shared view of what needs to change to overcome them by 2019.
Although there is widespread support for the Five Year Forward View from government and senior healthcare leaders, we know that staff below board level are not as aware of the 5YFV and its impact. If the NHS is to reach its full potential then we need to make sure that all staff throughout the NHS fully understand and support its vision.
Here we summarise what the 5YFV is about, what's been done so far, and provide a presentation and infographic to help you communicate the 5YFV and outline the part your organisation and its staff need to play to ensure its success.
The future of the NHS
The 5YFV sets out a future for the NHS where current day-to-day pressures such as long stays in hospital, staffing levels, and financial challenges are greatly alleviated, and care is given closer to home through joint working across a range of healthcare organisations.
Its goal is to achieve a sustainable NHS that continues to be tax-funded, free at the point of use and that is fully equipped to meet the evolving needs of its patients. This future, it says, is achievable, but only if government, the public and the NHS itself take action.
There are three areas where change is necessary, which are crucial to the future of the NHS in England. These areas each have a significant and widening gap between current NHS resources and the demands on the service. These are health and wellbeing
; care and quality
; and funding and efficiency