NHS sets out five-year action plan to deliver care fit for the future, Alzheimer’s Society comment

The NHS has today set out plans on how it will deliver transforming the way care is delivered to ease pressure on hospitals by helping frail and older people live healthier, more independent lives.

Next Steps On The NHS Five Year Forward View, details an accelerated drive to improve efficiency and use of technology in order to deliver better care and meet rising demand within the constraints of available resources.

Two-and-a-half years on from the publication of the NHS Five Year Forward View, the plan spells out what has been achieved and changes which will take place across the health service in key areas.

This includes better care for older people by bringing together services provided by GPs, hospitals, therapists, nurses and care staff, cutting emergency admissions and time spent in hospitals.

Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Society, said:

'Alzheimer’s Society welcomes the implementation plan’s continued commitment to delivering change for people affected by dementia.

'In addition to the current improvements in diagnosis and access to post diagnosis support, the effective delivery of Sustainability and Transformation Plans will be crucial in ensuring that the wider health and social care needs of the growing numbers of people affected by dementia are met.

'These plans will shape the future of the NHS so must be fit for an ageing population with an emphasis on joined-up funding and support, not just efficiency savings in the NHS.'