The NHS was 65 years old in July 2013, and along with celebrating this important anniversary, the need to look at the way the NHS is run and how things can be done differently and better was identified. The population is ageing and the number of people with long-term conditions is increasing and so there are greater demands on health (and social care) services.
In the face of a £30bn funding shortfall, next few years, it is essential to ensure that money is spent wisely and effectively. In response, NHS England published a document – ‘A Call to Action’ – which lists four key areas the NHS needs to focus on. These are:
- improving the quality of care that people receive;
- meeting everyone’s needs;
- maintaining financial sustainability and;
- building excellence now and for the future
As part of this national debate, NHS Yorkshire and Humber Commissioning Support asked local people, groups and organisations how they think they can address these issues in the local area. These views were collected via an online survey and at various consultation events.
The raw consultation data from both the online survey and events was provided to Enventure Research to categorise and analyse, and to produce an independent report commenting on the results and feedback provided. Reporting was provided at an overall level and also at individual CCG area level.