NHS Long Term Plan signals expansion of personalised care

NHS England has today (7 January 2019) launched its Long Term Plan which includes a commitment to rolling out personalised care to five million people over the next ten years.

The plans will ensure that many more people have choice and control over their mental and physical health.

This includes the expansion of personal health budgets with 200,000 people set to benefit from one in the next five years. Around 750,000 people with a long term health condition will also receive a written personalised care and support plan to manage their condition.

Social prescribing also features significantly in the Plan and 1,000 link workers will be recruited for GP practices this year and up to 900,000 people will benefit from social prescribing and community-based interventions by 2024.

Personalised care has been made a priority in the Long Term Plan following a decade of evidence based research working with patient and community groups. Evidence shows that personalised care improves people’s health and wellbeing, joins up care in local communities, reduces pressure on stretched NHS services and helps the health and care system to be more efficient.

Anna Severwright, co-chair of C4CC commenting on the Plan, said: “It is very encouraging to see personalised care feature strongly in the Long Term Plan. As someone with multiple long-term health conditions I know the huge difference it can make when care is personalised and when you are genuinely listened to and recognised as an expert in your own condition – and your own life.

“We now have a fantastic opportunity to make personalised care a reality for many more and ensure that people get the same choice and control in their healthcare as they would expect in every other part of their lives.”

Read Anna’s blog post.

Nigel Mathers, co-chair of C4CC added: “The C4CC partnership has championed personalised care for many years and we are pleased to see the NHS Long Term Plan includes a commitment to its expansion.

“Great progress has already been made and growing evidence supports a personalised approach to healthcare but there is much more to be done to realise the ambitions set out in the Long Term Plan. The success of these plans will require support across the sector, and many organisations and groups, including professional bodies, health organisations and the community and voluntary sector have an important role to play in helping to make personalised care ‘business as usual’ for the NHS.

“C4CC and our partners are looking forward to supporting the NHS with these exciting but challenging plans.”

James Sanderson, Director of Personalised Care, NHS England said: “A one-size-fits-all health and care system simply cannot meet the increasing complexity of people’s needs and expectations. Evidence shows that people will have better experiences and improved health and wellbeing if they have the opportunity to actively shape their care and support. As local health and care organisations work together more closely than ever before, we are also seeing that individuals can be the best integrators of their own care.”

The NHS Long Term Plan can be downloaded here.

A blog post from James Sanderson highlighting how the Long Term Plan puts people at the heart of the system can be read here.

A case study highlighting how Dylan has used a personal wheelchair budget to live independently for the first time in his life can be viewed here.

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