The “Next Steps on The NHS Five Year Forward View” was published in March this year. As the report concluded “Our [NHS] values haven’t changed, but our world has. So, the NHS needs to adapt to take advantage of the opportunities that science and technology offer patients, carers and those who serve them. But it also needs to evolve to meet new challenges: we live longer, with complex health issues, sometimes of our own making.”
Key objectives are to:
- Accelerate service redesign to achieve better integration of community and hospital services with patients accessing diagnostic and care, closer to their home.
- Enable commissioners and G.P.s to be even more focused on prevention and early care input rather than reactionary care or expensive management strategies (such as incontinence pads).
- Adopt strategies that facilitate expansion of community- based diagnostic facilities and improve access for patients enabling early intervention and management.
- Focus primary care on an “extensivist” proactive approach with expanded multidisciplinary services provided locally with hospital services. Diagnosis and treatment for some conditions could be provided in community super-surgery settings.
As Lucid’s Director of Innovation, Andrew Hodgin, says, “Virtually all Lucid’s clients and projects are focussed in areas aligned to the Five Year Forward view. Collectively we’re responding to the demand for a better connected healthcare system, delivered in a more accessible way, closer to patients and with an emphasis of earlier preventative intervention.”