Looking forward: the views of health and social care leaders

Nuffield Trust
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Drawing on the views of panel members from across the NHS and social care, including hospitals, ambulance trusts, community services, general practice, local authorities, and private and voluntary sector providers, this survey looks at the future of the NHS, and in particular whether NHS England’s Five Year Forward View has accurately diagnosed the challenges faced by the health service, and whether the strategy will be able to drive the changes required to address these problems. The majority of panellists think ensuring adequate funding for health and social care is one of the greatest challenges facing the incoming government. While 61 percent think the Five Year Forward View is effective in identifying the challenges they are experiencing locally, three quarters are not convinced that the NHS can meet the £22 billion efficiency challenge and 82 percent expect volunteers to play a greater role in their own organisation in the next five years. Nearly a third of panellists think the quality of health care has worsened over the last year, an increase of 15 percentage points since June 2014 and, critically, 85 percent think the quality of social care services has worsened over the last year, an increase of 29 percentage points since June 2014. (Edited publisher abstract)

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planning, health care, social care, surveys, financing, performance evaluation, cutbacks, cost effectiveness;
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