In January 2019, the NHS published its Long Term Plan setting-out how it will make services fit for the future. The plan is backed-up by a 3.4 per cent average real-terms annual increase in NHS England’s budget between 2019/20 and 2023/24 (a £20.5 billion increase over the period).
We are now developing a five year plan for health and care in Norfolk and Waveney, which will set-out how we will deliver the ambitions of the NHS Long Term Plan and our local priorities.
Some of the commitments in the NHS Long Term Plan are ‘critical foundations’ to wider change that we need to prioritise delivering in our five year plan – these are:
- Providing people with more joined-up and coordinated care, near to where they live, from primary and community health services.
- Reducing pressure on our emergency hospital services.
- Using new technology to modernise our health and care system, and using data more effectively to improve people’s health and wellbeing.
- Giving people more control over their own health and more personalised care when they need it.
We’re using the results of recent research, engagement and consultations we’ve done to help us to develop our plan, including the findings of some early engagement done by Healthwatch Norfolk in May 2019. We are continuing to talk with people over the summer and into autumn via our crowd sourcing site and face-to-face. We will have developed a first draft of our plan by 27 September, and will finalise it in November 2019.
Join our online conversation to share your ideas about how we can make Norfolk and Waveney a healthier place to live, and to see what other people are saying too. Your ideas might just save a life, so get involved and share your thoughts about what you want to see in our five year plan for health and care.