Although Transforming Community Services (TCS) did not invent community services, the programme has played a crucial role over the past two years in improving the quality and provision of community services by:
- reducing variations in quality and access
- increasing access to up-to-date evidence to base care on
- improving productivity
- introducing quality standards
In a celebration of the great amount of effort put in by community services practitioners as part of the TCS programme, Anne Milton highlighted the absolutely vital role played by community services in affecting the public’s health.
Without these community services ‘healthcare would literally crumble around our ears’, she said. ‘People and organisations, and the NHS as a whole, are benefitting hugely from all the hard work that has gone into TCS.’
With the benefit of first-hand experience, Anne Milton, herself a nurse for 25 years and a district nurse for some of that time, was keen to point out that she is well aware of the hard work that goes on in communities, which often goes unheralded.
As the national TCS programme draws to completion, Anne Milton thanked practitioners and leaders and called on them to continue the advances they had made.
As strong leaders, they were equipped to make sure community services are suitable for the changing face of healthcare in the 21st century, she said.