The Department of Health’s Corporate plan sets out our priorities for the year ahead. The Department’s enduring purpose is to achieve better health, better care, better value: working to help people live better for longer.
Now that the Health and Social Care Bill has become law, the Department has a firm platform on which to build clarity about the future direction of the health and social care system as a whole.
The plan groups the Department’s activity into six priority areas:
- Better health; Better care; Better value relate directly to DH’s enduring purpose and capture the key business priorities for the Department for this year to April 2013
- Successful change, delivering the transition to the new system – picks up the work the DH does and its accountability for making this happen
- Working with our partners – builds on what the DH does now and recognises that in the new system the Department will be working differently
- Transforming the DH itself – is about the DH’s journey to develop its capability.
The plan is also built around how the Department will support the Secretary of State to deliver his five strategic objectives:
- a patient-led NHS
- delivering better health outcomes
- a more autonomous and accountable NHS
- improved public health
- reforming long-term and social care.