NHS Long Term Plan; a welcome focus on digital, prevention and tech
We very much welcome the NHS Long Term Plan (LTP), published on 7 January, recognising its strong focus on areas of current priority for the HIN. These include service innovation, digital transformation as well as prevention and out of hospital care.
The AHSNs have been asked to consider how they best support their local sustainability and transformation partnership and emergent integrated care systems, as they shape local implementation plans over the coming weeks. We believe that we can do this in a number of ways:
- Through specific expertise and experience (e.g. digital health, diabetes transformation, medicines optimisation, care homes and prevention)
- Through practical support for the implementation of innovations which improve patient care and efficiency
- By connecting the system, through our extensive, cross-sector networks and relationships (health and care, third sector, academia and industry)
As a network, we have been reflecting on what the Long Term Plan means for some of our collective themes in this series of blogs.
Innovation and research for better health: five key opportunities
UCL Partners Managing Director Dr Charlie Davie thinks we need to focus on five key areas and sets them out.
In this joint blog, Yinka Makinde, Programme Director for DigitalHealth.London and Jenny Thomas, Programme Director for DigitalHealth.London Accelerator explore how technology will play a central role in realising the Long Term Plan.
Dr Liz Mear, Chief Executive of the Innovation Agency and a trustee of the Stroke Association, focuses on the plan’s emphasis on stroke prevention.
Mike Hannay, Managing Director of East Midlands Academic Health Science Network, examines investment in life sciences.
Oxford Academic Health Science Network Chief Executive Gary Ford emphasised the need for innovation.
Big data and computing power is at the heart of this blog by Kent Surrey Sussex AHSN Network Managing Director Guy Boersma.
Tara Donnelly, HIN Accountable Officer and interim NHS England Chief Digital Officer, blogs on the emphasis on digital to enable the shift to prevention.
For the AHSN Network’s response to the long term plan, click here