Healthcare in the 21st century is changing: the NHS 'Five Year Forward View' shows that more than ever, people and communities need to be empowered to take control of their health, wellbeing and care. At today’s National Voices Annual Conference, Samantha Jones, the director of the new care models programme, reveals what it is doing to make this a reality.
As your car engine warning light goes on, you probably fear the worst – a breakdown, a costly trip to the garage, time spent sorting out and being without the car. In health we also have these warning lights, when something feels wrong, and we have symptoms and associated fears and visit our doctor. Public health has a similar warning light system, which helps monitor the spread of infections, or the impact of diet on obesity-related disease. Living in poverty and homelessness are clear warning signals as an indicator of probable poor health.
That’s the question a lot of us working within the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in Greater Manchester were asking ourselves last year as conversations about Devolution appeared to be happening, quite literally, all around us.
NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has commissioned the People and Communities Board (PCB) to propose a concise set of high impact interventions, approaches or methodologies which would help create more person-centred, community focused health and care, as set out in the 'Six principles for engaging people and communities'. Jeremy Taylor, chair of the board, outlines how you can help.
Last week saw publication of the NHS Planning Guidance 2017–2019. The document is deeply technical in parts, and I’ve read the full 69 pages so that I can provide you with a brief summary of headline elements relating to person centred care and creating the ‘new relationship with people and communities’ set out in the Five Year Forward View