We have set out what we want to achieve against the following six priority areas. Through these, we will deliver the Secretary of State’s strategic objectives.
Better Health – helping people live healthier lives
- by improving our public health system
- protecting people’s health by ensuring we have the capabilities and policies in place to address threats to public health
- promoting health and wellbeing to deliver better health
- outcomes and tackle health inequalities across all ages.
Better Care – helping people get better and ensuring people are treated with dignity and respect and supporting a patient-led NHS
- by reforming social care
- working with the NHS to strengthen people’s ability to make meaningful choices about their care and support the integration of services around the individual; getting the basics right on safety in health and care
- a greater focus on health outcomes.
Better Value – providing better quality care by improving productivity and ensuring value for money for the taxpayer
- reducing bureaucracy; supporting the NHS to save up to £20 billion to reinvest in frontline services; simplifying regulation of the development and adoption of new medicines and treatments.
Successful Change – delivering the transition to a more autonomous and accountable system
- by making sure the new partnership organisations, clinical commissioning groups and health and wellbeing boards are ready to take on their new responsibilities by April 2013
- continuing our own transformation into a smaller, more purposeful organisation, with a clear sense of its role in health and care.
Our Partners – achieving strategic clarity, building a common sense of purpose by developing strong relationships with our external stakeholders
- establishing effective ways of working with the new organisations in the health and care system; playing our full role in delivering the government’s priorities led by other departments.
The DH itself – improving our capability and becoming a better department
- developing new ways of working that reflect the leadership role we will play in the new system
- the importance of engaging with our partners; and building understanding of our work within the health and care system and the wider public
- Putting equality and diversity at the heart of what we do.