Financial control and productivity
A number of measures are being implemented to control provider spending, while pressure is increasing on the NHS to identify efficiency savings.
Quality and safety
The government has continued to emphasise quality and safety, aiming to foster a culture of continuous improvement and use 'intelligent transparency' to drive up standards.
With improvements in primary care fundamental to meeting many of its election pledges, the government has proposed a 'new deal' which aims to improve patient access and expand the GP workforce.
Establishing a seven-day health service is a key priority for the new government but there are a number of issues to address before this ambition can become a reality.
Mental health and learning disabilities
Ministers have confirmed commitments made by the previous government, although there has so far been little evidence of new mental health policy initiatives.
The emphasis on the importance of leadership in developing the right culture in NHS organisations suggests a move away from using external pressures to drive change towards supporting leaders and staff to improve care.
The NHS five year forward view
The government has signalled strong support for the NHS five year forward view as new service models are being rolled out across the country.
Regulation, targets and transparency
The reliance on regulation to drive performance is set to continue but with some important changes and responsibilities streamlined.