Community health services play a key role in our health and care system. They keep people well at home and in community settings close to home, and support people to live independently.
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, community health providers have stepped up and shown their value, flexibility and resilience in the face of unprecedented challenges. COVID-19 has shown that with the right funding, workforce and support from the government and national NHS bodies, it can successfully deliver more care within and closer to home, a key ambition of the NHS Long Term Plan.
This infographic explains:
- the role community health services play in the NHS healthcare system
- how the services have been central to the NHS response to COVID-19
- what is needed for the services to continue and to be able to rise to new challenges created by COVID-19.