NHS 10-year plan aims to overhaul technology

Leslie Hanson
January 11, 2019

It is absolutely critical that we have facilities purpose-designed to support the new resources, such as community crisis teams and school Mental Health Support Teams, outlined in the 10-Year Plan so that the NHS' ability to actually deliver them is not compromised.

Trade and professional bodies in the pharmacy sector welcomed the NHS Long Term Plan, published yesterday, which envisages "an essential role" for pharmacists in delivering the goals set out, especially in primary and community care, for the next five years.

Evidence suggests that demand for mental health services in the United Kingdom is only growing, however the current model for mental health care is unsustainable and to make improvements we must radically change our approach to overcome the constraints of tight budgets and to deliver the best possible outcomes for patients.

The NHS also plans to make sure all software is able to communicate, lessening human error.

This emphasis on primary care and the acknowledgement of the importance of social care reflect how the two are closely related.

"[The] PSNC has been pressing for reform of community pharmacy's reimbursement arrangements for a number of years so we are keen to begin discussions on this". The plan is backed by a £20.5 billion settlement for the NHS.

Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) termed the plan as "ambitious" in its vision for pharmacists.

During a statement to the House of Commons about the plan, Matt highlighted the need to focus on recruitment for areas which face staff shortages, such as Lincolnshire.

"To help translate the ambition of this plan into reality, we need to see the right funding and regulatory framework to ensure that community pharmacy can reach its full potential in delivering services to patients and the public", he said.

The plan has also been welcomed by the chair of the Lincolnshire Care Association and CEO of Walnut Care - one of Lincolnshire's leading home care providers - Melanie Weatherley.

"We also look forward to working with the NHS and other partners to understand how CCG "pharmacy connection schemes" will work to help deliver a health service that is fit for the future and how community pharmacy teams in can play a greater role in the numerous prevention activities described, such as NHS Health Checks", he added.

Keith Ridge, chief pharmaceutical officer at NHS England, praised the plan as "fantastic news on pharmacy, meds op and reducing over-medication in #NHSLongTermPlan".

The plan, unveiled by Prime Minister Theresa May, promises more money for Global Positioning System, mental health and community care.

According to NHS England, the app will "create a standard online way" for people to access the health service and will work "seamlessly with other services at national and local levels". I look forward to working with NHS colleagues in Lincolnshire and further afield as part of the implementation.

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