The 2015 Challenge

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The 2015 Challenge is a powerful coalition of organisations from across health and care that have come together in response to unprecedented pressures.

Established by the NHS Confederation in 2013, and independently chaired by Dame Gill Morgan, the partnership has brokered consensus from many of the key organisations across the health and care sector. 

With our members' input and support, the 2015 Challenge campaign had significant impact in shaping the NHS journey into 2015; achieving more influence for the front line, more collaboration and consensus, more money for the NHS and more clarity for the future.

A prescription for change

The 2015 Challenge: our prescription for change, sets out a course of action for politicians and national bodies to take over the coming weeks to secure the long-term health of NHS and social care services.

It builds on previous influential reports published by the 2015 Challenge coalition:

  • The 2015 Challenge Manifesto: a time for action is our route map to the future health and care system. It is a demand for action and puts forward the shared ‘asks’ of politicians and policymakers that are essential to achieve the vision.
  • The 2015 Challenge Declaration, published in May 2014, laid out the seven 'burning issues' facing the health and care system in the run up to May 2015. It called on political parties to be honest with the public, staff and media about the challenges facing the health and care system, and what needs to be done to solve them. We said that politicians must produce election manifestos that allow the NHS and social care the space to be able to address these challenges. 

What's next?

Partners will be working both separately and together to encourage politicians to address the 2015 Challenge. You can find out more about the NHS Confederation’s work on this by visiting our 2015 general election section.

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Our prescription for the election

With ten weeks to go until the general election, the 2015 Challenge coalition has prescribed a course of action for politicians and national bodies to take to secure the long-term health of NHS and social care services.

2015 challenge manifesto partners

2015 Challenge Manifesto

The 2015 Challenge Manifesto is our vision for health and care and our route map to how it can be achieved.

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2015 Challenge Declaration

With exactly one year until the 2015 general election, we challenged political parties to explicitly accept seven 'burning issues' facing the health and care system, and to produce election manifestos that allow the NHS and social care the space to be able to address them.


2015 Challenge partners

The 2015 Challenge is a powerful partnership of national organisations representing health and care charities, local government, communities, staff and leaders speaking with one voice.

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