The Forward View, published in 2014 by NHS England and other national bodies to broad approval, outlined how NHS services must change to move towards the care models required for the future. England, it argued, is too diverse for ‘one size fits all’ solutions.
However, without significant changes to policy and new approaches to NHS leadership, this paper warns that the Forward View could suffer the same fate as many other NHS policy documents – and fail to deliver on its ambitions.
In describing the changes required, the paper focuses on key areas in which The King’s Fund has particular expertise, namely:
- how services are commissioned and paid for
- regulating the NHS
- how local leaders deliver improvements in care
- the contribution of a transformation fund.
The paper makes practical recommendations on what to do now to remove barriers to developing new care models and to support their implementation. Looking ahead, it argues that national leadership of the highest order will be needed to meet the challenges inherent in delivering these changes.
No. of pages: 36
More on the NHS five year forward view
- Read Catherine Foot's blog: Implementing the NHS five year forward view – let’s not forget engaging patients and communities
- Catch up with our commentary and analysis on the NHS five year forward view
- See the press release for this report: Fundamental policy changes needed to deliver NHS five year forward view
- Read HSJ comment piece by Chris and Richard: Collective leadership will keep Forward View ambitions on track
- See our work on collective leadership