Delegates discussed the progress on the delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan, which aims to deliver improved care for patients over the next 10 years. Following local areas being required to publish five-year plans outlining how they will work towards the goals of the Long Term Plan, delegates discussed how these strategic plans can deliver on service improvement and prevention, effectively engage with local authorities and drive innovation.
Delegates also assessed the alignment of goals in the Long Term Plan with wider policy initiatives, considering what more can be done to promote cross-sector working with partners across local authorities and public health, and priorities for utilising population health management more widely.
Attendees then explored the next steps for meeting goals to roll out integrated care systems (ICS) across the country by 2021 - including how best to improve collaboration with partners outside the NHS, the progress of service redesign in local areas, and the role of the NHS Assembly in supporting the delivery of this target.
Further sessions saw delegates examine how best to utilise and integrate digital technology, data, and emerging technology, such as AI and robotics, across health and social care in a way that can improve patient care, prevention, and the general efficiency of systems. Delegates also discussed how collaboration between the NHS and industry partners can be improved.
Similarly, in light of the Long Term Plan putting a key focus on research and innovation to achieve its improvement aims, delegates scrutinised where research and investment should be focused and how to translate health research into the innovation required to meet the aims within the plan.
Finally, delegates debated the priorities for delivering the Interim NHS People Plan, which sets out how the NHS workforce will be developed to deliver the service required to meet the vision of the Long Term Plan along with priorities for developing multidisciplinary clinical teams and leaders across the NHS, and improving recruitment, training, and retention.
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