The NHS Future Forum is a group of clinicians, patient representatives voluntary sector representatives and others from the health field, including frontline staff, that will oversee the NHS listening exercise. It will drive the process of engagement with staff, patients and communities over the coming weeks. The group will be chaired by Professor Steve Field, immediate past Chairman at the Royal College of GPs.
The Forum’s first task will be to report to the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Health on what they have heard on the following four themes:
- the role of choice and competition for improving quality
- how to ensure public accountability and patient involvement in the new system
- how new arrangements for education and training can support the modernisation process
- how advice from across a range of healthcare professions can improve patient care.
To inform its report, the group will undertake a range of activities, including:
- facilitating local engagement events across the NHS to engage staff and leaders in improving our plans
- engaging with existing professional and other networks from across the health sector
- encouraging pathfinder consortia and early implementer health and wellbeing boards to contribute their views
- using surveying, polling, digital engagement and other techniques to harness a wide range of views
- a small number of national engagement events.
Following its initial report, which will be submitted by the end of May, the NHS Future Forum will continue to listen and advise on other non-legislative aspects of the modernisation plans, implementation of the changes, and the design of any secondary legislation.