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
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 be left to pick up any of the bill for this pay deal
NHS leaders expect to be set stretching efficiency savings but these must based on a fighting chance of them being achieved, writes Matthew Taylor.
11 May 2023
Government set to fail its commitment to protect patient care by not fully funding the staff pay award
Patient care set to suffer without wider central budget for all Agenda for Change staff.
28 May 2023
NHS Confederation responds to the government’s life sciences growth package
Dr Layla McCay responds to the announcement of a life sciences growth package by the Chancellor
26 May 2023
Community Network, June 2023
The next meeting of the Community Network will take place on Tuesday 6 June between noon and 2pm.
6 June 2023 12:00 - 14:00 GMT
NHS ConfedExpo 2023
Join us at Manchester Central as we and NHS England unite health and care leaders and their teams at one of the biggest health and care conferences.
14 June 2023 08:30 - 15 June 2023 17:00 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.