The five-year vision explained

The Five Year Forward View a visual guide
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. 

Three gaps

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.
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The health and wellbeing gap

Closing the health and wellbeing gap focuses on preventing illness and managing demand for NHS services.

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The care and quality gap

Closing the care and quality gap focuses on changing the way care is delivered to better meet patients' needs.

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The funding and efficiency gap

Closing the funding and efficiency gap focuses on delivering care more cost effectively within the NHS budget.

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Strategies to underpin the changes

A number of underpinning strategies are needed to ensure the overall success of the Five Year Forward View.

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What's been done so far

Find out what ALBs, government and NHS Confederation are doing to help deliver the Five Year Forward View

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