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Together for Health

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Together for Health is the five year vision for the NHS.
It is based around community services with patients at the centre, and places prevention, quality and transparency at the heart of healthcare.

The document outlines the challenges facing the health service and the actions necessary to ensure it is capable of world-class performance.

Factors driving the need for reform include:

  • a rising elderly population 
  • inequalities in health 
  • increasing numbers of patients with chronic conditions 
  • medical staffing pressures and 
  • some specialist services being spread too thinly.

The document sets out how the NHS will look in five years time, with primary and community services at the centre of delivery.

The main commitments in Together for Health are:

  • service modernisation, including more care provided closer to home and specialist ‘centres of excellence’
  • addressing health inequalities
  • better IT systems and an information strategy ensuring improved care for patients
  • improving quality of care
  • workforce development
  • instigating a ‘compact with the public’; and
  • a changed financial regime.