With growing pressure on the NHS - people living longer, more people living with long-term conditions, and lifestyle choices affecting people's health - changes are needed to make sure everybody gets the support they need.
The Government has announced that the NHS budget will be increased by £20bn a year. In January, the NHS in England published an ambitious ten-year plan showing how this extra money will be spent.
The plan sets out the areas the NHS wants to make better, including:
- Improving how the NHS works so that people can get help more easily and closer to home. For example, being able to talk to your doctor on your computer or smart phone; access more services via your GP near to where you live; use other community services which could improve your health; and leave hospital without delay when you are well enough.
- Helping more people to stay well. This includes things like helping more people to stay a healthy weight or to stop smoking. It covers helping to tackle air pollution and making sure your health isn’t worse because of where you live, the services and treatments available and the amount of money you have.
- Making care better. The NHS wants to get even better at looking after people with cancer, mental health, dementia, lung and heart diseases and learning disabilities, such as autism.
- More money invested in technology so that everyone is able to access services using their phone or computer, and so that health professionals can make better, faster decisions.
The NHS hopes that by spending more money on services in the community, and by making sure that care works as well as possible, it can save money overall and ensure people have all the support they need.
NHS organisations have been asked to come up with a local plan explaining how these priorities will be delivered. Your local Healthwatch are working together to find out what local people think.
What people tell us will be shared with the NHS and will be used to help develop the plan for your local area.
- How would you help people live healthier lives?
- What would make health services better?
- How would you make it easier for people to take control of their own health and wellbeing?
- What would you do to make support better for people with long-term conditions?
Share your views with us and help make care better -