Here’s How The New NHS 10-Year-Plan Could Impact You
The NHS Long Term Plan, revealed yesterday by the government body, sets out health service leaders’ future priorities and ambitions for the NHS for the next decade.
The key parts of the plan certainly make for positive reading:
Almost half a million lives saved with practical action on major killer conditions, such as heart attacks and strokes A renewed focus on prevention to stop an estimated 85,000 premature deaths each year Ensuring every hospital with a major A&E department has “same day emergency care” in place so that patients can be treated and discharged with the right package of support without needing an overnight stay.
The new 10-year plan for the health service was published at 12pm yesterday after being delayed since the end of last year –supposedly down to the chaos around Brexit.
The blueprint sets out how the £20.5bn annual budget increase for the health service, which was promised last summer by prime minister Theresa May, will be spent. But unions are concerned that staffing shortages could undermine the ambitions – as 1 in 11 job posts are currently vacant.
The new plan puts to use a funding boost announced by chancellor Philip Hammond last summer and includes a £2.3bn boost to mental health provisions. The last time a 10-year strategy document was drawn up covering the whole health service in England was the NHS Plan, which was published in 2000 by the Labour government under Tony Blair.
Mental health services, a key topic for the Prime Minister, are set to undergo the biggest overhaul of any area of NHS care, which ministers say is “the largest expansion of mental health services in a generation.” Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind, said this is the kind of sustained investment needed to put mental health on an equal footing with physical health – as Theresa May promised to do in one of her first major speeches as Prime Minister.
These mental health service improvements are some of the most important from this plan. This new emphasis demonstrates just how prevalent and important mental health support is for everyone in the country. As an employer you can further support your staffs’ mental health by offering mental health first aid training. Online e-learning and classroom courses are available to educate and engage employees. As well as training, at the ELAS Group we also offer a range of services designed to help support your staff and colleagues with mental illness. We can offer
counsellors, psychiatrists, psychologists, specialist mental health assessments and autism assessments to help ensure your employees are back to their comfortable working self as quickly as possible.