18 July 2018

HSJ interview with Simon Stevens around 10 year NHS plan and changing funding rules

Stevens sets out 10 year plan priorities
HSJ 18 July 2018
  • During an interview with HSJ Simon Stevens identified five major priorities for the 10 year NHS plan due to be unveiled this autumn.
  1. mental health, especially services for children and young people, and potentially "core crisis care”. 
  2. cancer, in particular screening services and addressing race and socioeconomic and gender and cultural barriers that exist to early diagnosis
  3. cardiovascular disease – stroke and heart attacks
  4. children’s services in particular prevention and inequality as they affect children.
  5. reducing health inequalities 
  • As part of the funding deal and long term plan, the prime minister announced a review of NHS waiting time targets.
Stevens promises ‘wholesale shift’ in funding rules
HSJ 18 July 2018
  • During an interview with HSJ Simon Stevens discussed future changes to NHS funding rules and suggested that "Over the course of the next three years we’re going to see a wholesale shift.”
  • A plan covering the financial years from 2019-20 to 2021-22 is being developed with NHS Improvement and in discussion with the NHS and will be set out at the end of September, then confirmed in November.
  • Sustainability funding would be ended at the latest by the end of the three year period
  • According to HSJ the funding plan in late September is likely to include three years of firm CCG  allocations and two years indicatively.