Our priorities

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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