The NHS faces an unprecedented challenge following a decade of austerity and the intensity of the COVID-19 pandemic. The move to integrated care also presents a significant change in the way the healthcare system is planned and funded.
Our members need a new funding settlement to meet the elective backlog created by the pandemic and to achieve the goals of the NHS Long Term Plan. Central to this will be sufficient funding to meet service demand and plan for long-term capital upgrades. Currently, limits on capital expenditure limit members' ability to develop the capacity they need to plan long term.
Integrated care provides a rare opportunity to rethink how funding flows through the health and care system. It is essential that funding flows are designed so that systems meet their potential to improve overall population health.
Our finance policy programme focuses on contributing to the development of the NHS’s new system financial architecture, working with leaders in ICSs and across the system. We meet regularly with government and system leaders to represent members and influence change.
We are supporting members and the wider NHS to make the transition from a decade of austerity and in the transition towards financial planning at system level. We are also continuing to make the case for greater financial autonomy for members and systems as we heads towards a new financial regime.
We will also lead a coalition of health organisations in a major campaign – Health for Care – to secure reform and a long-term funding settlement for social care. This is the right thing to do but also essential if the NHS is to achieve the ambitions of the NHS Long Term Plan.
We are also keen to support more acute and community trust members to engage with local, non-NHS partners to develop local growth opportunities. This will include a new project exploring the role of NHS teaching hospitals as ‘anchor institutions’.
Investing to save
Exploring why capital investment is key to boosting productivity and transforming long-term care.
28 November 2023
Unlocking the power of health beyond the hospital
Exploring how investment in community care can improve system productivity.
27 September 2023
Creating better health value
Exploring which of a range of care settings can deliver the most economic output when funding is increased.
23 August 2023
From safety net to springboard
Investing in healthcare has an impact on more than healthcare outcomes. It also boosts labour productivity and economic activity.
17 October 2022
Spending Review is an opportunity to invest in the NHS for the future
Now is the moment for an honest revaluation of the long-term funding settlement for the NHS.
17 August 2021
The NHS can’t deal with reality unless ministers face facts
Matthew Taylor responds to NHS England's letter on how the service should handle the financial challenges created by recent industrial action.
10 November 2023
Response to the update on the Rebalancing Care and Support Programme
Welsh NHS Confederation director Darren Hughes response to the update from the Welsh Government on the Rebalancing Care and Support Programme.
28 November 2023
NHS capital budgets must nearly double to ensure crumbling buildings and infrastructure are fit for 21st century patient care
New analysis from the NHS Confederation sets out the impact that low levels of capital investment have had over the last decade.
28 November 2023
Primary Care Conference 2024
Primary care at the interface - maximising the opportunity of greater connection in neighbourhood, place and system.
28 February 2024 08:00 - 18:00 GMT
Health on the Line
New podcast series, hosted by Matthew Taylor, offers fresh perspectives on the healthcare challenges of our time and ways to confront them.