New NHS Long Term Plan published

Focus on prevention and early detection could save half a million lives.

Today, the NHS Long Term Plan was published, setting out our shared agenda for the next five and ten years.

NHS bosses particularly want to thank the many trust and CCG chief executives and clinical staff who have led its development. The result is a practical and realistic set of changes to the health service which should both bring about some important improvements in care quality and outcomes, while also tackling the pressures our staff face.

The publication of the plan is one important milestone. We now need to work together to deliver these improvements and make the NHS Long Term Plan a reality; this is what will make a difference for patients and staff.

Here is a summary of the big changes it will bring:

  • Chapter 1: A new service model for the 21st century
  • Chapter 2: More NHS action on prevention and health inequalities
  • Chapter 3: Further progress on care quality and outcomes
  • Chapter 4: NHS staff will get the backing they need
  • Chapter 5: Digitally-enabled care will go mainstream across the NHS
  • Chapter 6: Taxpayers’ investment will be used to maximum effect
  • Chapter 7: Next steps

NHS England and NHS Improvement expect to publish planning guidance and CCG allocations this week, which will also set out next steps on Long Term Plan implementation.

View an online version of the plan or download it at

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