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’.
Unlocking capital funding
Patient treatment targets will be missed, the waiting list backlog will grow and patient safety will be at risk unless the government unlocks funding.
14 June 2022
Spring Statement 2022: what you need to know
Analysis of what the Spring Statement means for health and social care.
23 March 2022
A reckoning: the continuing cost of COVID-19
Joint report sets out the full scale of the extra running costs now needed by the NHS in England in light of the pandemic.
2 September 2021
Recognising the link between prosperity and health is welcome - but more investment in health needed or growth will be stunted
Matthew Taylor responds to Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Rt Hon Thérèse Coffey's speech at Conservative Party Conference.
4 October 2022
NHS Confederation responds to the Chancellor's comments on public sector spending
Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, responds to the Chancellor's comments on public sector spending.
3 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
A month of change ahead of winter challenges
Darren Hughes, director of the Welsh NHS Confederation, writes about the the events of this month and highlights member concerns around social care.
30 September 2022
NICON22: Recognition | Ambition | Mobilisation
Due to high demand, we are now operating a waiting list system for NICON's first in-person conference since 2019. Contact us using the below links.
19 October 2022 - 20 October 2022 17:00 GMT
Welsh NHS Confederation Annual Conference and Exhibition 2022
Join us at our annual conference: Enabling the future of health and care in Wales
1 November 2022 08:00 - 16:30 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.