Government responds to NHS Future Forum
16 January 2012
The Government has responded to and accepted the recommendationd of the NHS Future Forum.
According to the Department of Health website the Future Forum's report focusses on:
- Education and training: Employers and professionals will have a greater say in developing the health workforce in the future, such as through local plans. And for the first time the Government will introduce an outcomes framework for education and training.
- Integrated care: The Government fully accepts the need to orientate the whole health system around patients. So for the first time, patient experience of integrated care will be measured as part of the Outcomes Framework.
- The NHS’s role in the public’s health: Following the Forum’s recommendation on ‘every contact counts’, the Government will consult on a new responsibility for healthcare professionals to promote healthy living through their daily contact with patients.
- Information: The Government will consider the Forum’s recommendation for discharge summaries being made available to GPs and patients at the point of discharge, as part of the Information Strategy published later this year.