Highlights from the Future Forum’s reports include:
- Integration should be defined around the patient, not the system – outcomes, incentives and system rules (ie. competition and choice) need to be aligned accordingly.
- Health and wellbeing boards should drive local integration – through a whole-population, strategic approach that addresses local priorities.
- Local commissioners and providers should be given freedom and flexibility to ‘get on and do’ – through flexing payment flows and enabling planning over a longer term.
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Education and training
- The new local education and training boards must have the governance in place to deliver strong partnerships across healthcare providers, academia and education.
- Quality must be at the heart of education and training with systems in place at all levels to reward high quality education and embed continuing professional development.
- There needs to be a review of the principles and aims of the Tooke Report into medical education.
- A properly structured process to support individual nurse and midwife development in post-qualification career pathways should be developed nationally.
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- Patients should have access to their online GP-held records by the end of this Parliament.
- The NHS must move to using its IT systems to share data about individual patients and service users electronically in the interests of high quality care.
- The Government should set a clear deadline within the current Parliament by which all information about clinical outcomes is put in the public domain.
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NHS’s role in the public’s health
- The NHS must do more to prevent poor health, so it can reduce health inequalities and continue to provide high quality care for future generations.
- Every healthcare professional should make every contact count – use every contact with the public to help them improve their health. This should be a core staff responsibility in the NHS Constitution.
- The NHS must do more to support the wellbeing of its own staff too, helping a workforce of 1.4 million to live healthily and spread healthy messages with family, friends and patients.
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