Latest Pharmacy News: NHS Long Term Plan envisages 'essential role' for pharmacists

Latest Pharmacy News: NHS Long Term Plan envisages 'essential role' for pharmacists

"This plan heralds an end of austerity for the NHS and as such marks the dawn of a new era - one in which we will need to transform the way services are delivered to patients and the public".

The long-term plan, published today, has revealed that, in real terms, £4.5bn a year of the £20.5bn of additional NHS funding received by 2023 will be invested into primary and community healthcare.

Patients' personal health records will hold a care plan with information added by themselves or an authorised carer.

The plan continues the recent NHS trend of focusing on prevention and early detection, by detailing that the biggest cash injections will go to Global Positioning System, mental health and community care, increasing funding for primary and community care by at least £4.5 billion and aiming to curb the reliance on hospitals. "While there are initiatives in the plan to build the workforce, they need to be matched with action from central government to secure training budgets and a supportive migration policy to allow worldwide recruitment that is vital to staffing the NHS".

We will improve how the NHS cares for children and young people with learning disabilities and autism by reducing inappropriate hospitalisation, reducing over medicalisation, and providing quality care in the community.

This is not only better for people, but if we get this right it also eases the huge pressures on the NHS in turn and in the long-run is both more affordable and sustainable for caring for a growing ageing population in particular.

Speaking alongside NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, where 13 per cent of the hospital's doctors are from the European Union, the Prime Minister said the additional funding would "provide both the certainty and the long-term direction needed to transform patient care and secure the future of our NHS".

Other significant elements of the plan include: improving out-of-hospital care by supporting primary medical and community health services; also drawing on these to support older people through more personalised care; and an emphasis on improving maternity safety.

However, this increase is reliant on local CCGs agreeing to fund some of the work of their local hospice which will then be match funded by NHS England. We're also constrained by severe workforce shortages.

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Technology will give people "more control over the care they receive and more support to manage their health, to keep themselves well and better manage their conditions, while assisting carers in their vital work".

The GMC said non-UK workers presented opportunities to support NHS locations that were short of doctors as migrants joining the workforce may have higher mobility when they first came to the UK.

Full details of the plan are set to be unveiled on Monday 7 January by NHS Chief Executive Simon Stevens and Prime Minister Teresa May.

Allies of Stevens say that the long-term plan shows that NHS campaigners have been wrong to depict him as someone who has been presiding over a sell-off of NHS care.

Under the plan there will be a £4.5 billion boost for primary and community care, and investment in mental health services will rise to at least £2.3 billion a year by 2023/24. Staff and patients alike will benefit from a doubling of the number of volunteers also helping across the NHS'.

"The demand for our services is ever-increasing while the care and support that families need is becoming more and more complex".

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said that Mrs May was proposing "a 10-year plan to clear up a mess that she made". The Long Term Plan has promised safer and more precise treatments including advanced radiotherapy techniques and immunotherapies will continue to support improvements in survival rates, referencing Proton Beam Therapy facilities in London and Manchester.

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