The Health and Social Care Secretary sets out his vision for the year ahead

  • Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid will speak to the NHS Confederation, outlining the year ahead with the release of a digital health and care plan, white paper on health disparities and the first-ever NHS 15-year workforce strategy

  • He will reiterate plans to ensure the right leadership is in place at all levels of health and social care after historical review

  • The Health and Social Care Secretary will also call for stronger partnerships between different health and social care services to help tackle the Covid backlog

Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid will set out his ambition to ensure every pound of taxpayers’ money is well spent on the health and care system when he speaks at NHS Confed Expo today (Wednesday, June 15).

Speaking in Liverpool, he will use his speech to discuss the need for stronger leadership in health and social care and better partnerships between health and care services as he looks ahead to the year ahead. come.

Over the next three years, the Health and Care Levy will see a record £39billion of additional funding invested in the health and care sector to help reduce waiting times and ease pressures on manpower so that it can provide for patients. Progress has already been made with hundreds of thousands of patients receiving lifesaving care faster through more than 90 new Community Diagnostic Centers (CDCs) to provide easier access to testing closer to home, already providing more one million additional checks and providing patients with earlier diagnoses. .

Notable progress is being made in reducing wait times – the number of people waiting the longest has halved in the past four months. This is a direct result of our plan to tackle Covid backlogs and the hard work of front line staff.

Speaking to an audience of NHS professionals, the Health and Social Care Secretary will speak about the power of partnerships – learning lessons from the pandemic to strengthen ways of working between different health and care services and reduce waiting time. For example, the South London Health and Community Partnership – a unique partnership of three mental health trusts – has been able to bring patients out of the area by a third and readmissions by two-thirds.

The Health and Social Care Secretary is expected to say:

It’s not about reinventing the wheel. It’s about listening to the innovators who are already doing amazing things within the system, and then giving them a platform to do it.

There are also around 50 Trusted Acute Collaboratives and Mixed Collaboratives, bringing together acute, specialist, mental health and community providers.

They have already shown that when we team up like this, challenges that seem unsolvable in one place can be solved in another.

It will reflect on the work already underway to tackle the Covid backlog, improve social care and reduce health inequalities. It will outline what the government will deliver over the next year, including a digital health and care plan, a white paper on health disparities, ten-year plans on cancer, dementia and mental health, a reset of the NHS long term plan and a Health Education England Workforce Framework followed by the first ever NHS 15 year workforce strategy.

Looking ahead, the Health and Social Care Secretary is expected to say:

I was determined to keep moving forward, because this precise moment, we dare not lose it.

This is a time when we can combine the valuable lessons of the pandemic, with incredible new technologies and innovative ways of working, which, taken together, help us meet the challenges of the future.

It’s a small window of time where we can make a big difference.

On leadership, he will reflect on the findings of General Sir Gordon Messenger and Dame Linda Pollard’s review of leadership in health and social care released last week. The review found various examples of exceptional leadership under difficult circumstances. However, it also highlighted reports of bad behavior, bullying and discrimination in parts of the health and social care system. Employing great leadership at the top will help ease the burden on NHS staff, allowing staff to focus on delivering patient care and reducing waiting lists.

In discussing the review, the Health and Social Care Secretary is expected to say:

Just as Gordon and Linda found that bad behavior was contagious, they discovered that good leadership was also contagious. It works best when everyone – even those who don’t have a leader in their job description – feels like a leader.

Other recommendations around training, standards and management will support this effort – helping the workforce at all levels, creating the conditions for everyone to thrive.

The government is ensuring the NHS has the tools to increase its workforce and is able to use data to tackle the Covid backlog. The NHS resource budget will grow to over £160bn from 2024-2025, in addition to £5.9bn of capital investment to support diagnostics, technology and elective recovery.

Innovative ways of working have already been adopted – community diagnostic centers have performed more than a million checks and tests closer to patients’ homes, saving staff and patients time while providing the highest quality. This is supported by record investment from the Health and Care Levy, with over £39billion invested over the next three years.

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