This is the first of a number of posts to provide updates on the progress of the NHS listening exercise and the NHS Future Forum. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve attended listening events around England and I’m blogging now to tell you about some of what we’ve been hearing.
It all kicked off on 6 April at Frimley Park Hospital when Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, and Health Secretary Andrew Lansley launched the Government’s listening exercise on NHS modernisation.
Since then, we have been busy attending listening events and establishing the NHS Future Forum, drawing together a team of 44 individuals representing doctors, nurses, AHPs, managers, patient representatives and other important stakeholders.
The NHS Future Forum met for the first time on 20 April. In a constructive session, members began to share their views and discuss what they have heard through their networks. This feedback helped us to shape how the forum will work, with members being assigned to one of the four workstreams, led by:
- Choice and Competition – Sir Stephen Bubb
- Clinical Advice and Leadership – Dr Kathy McLean
- Education and Training – Julie Moore
- Patient and Public Involvement – Geoff Alltimes
All of the Forum members have been asked to drive the process of engagement with staff, patients and communities over the coming weeks around the country and within their networks.
This independent exercise is an opportunity for the forum to listen to the concerns of the public and the service, and to make recommendations to the Government to help produce an improved NHS for the future.
We all understand the importance of getting this right so we can ensure a strong NHS for the future, an NHS that can respond to the pressures of an ageing population and the rising costs of healthcare here and around the world.