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’.
NHS Confederation responds to Spending Review
Danny Mortimer responds to the Budget and Spending Review
27 October 2021
Collaborative Working and Joint Working
An updated guide to joint working, a specific type of NHS/pharmaceutical industry collaboration - ABPI Cymru Wales and the Welsh NHS Confederation.
15 December 2021
Actions taken to mitigate pressures in the health and social care system
Briefing outlining examples of actions being taken to mitigate pressures in the health and social care system in Wales.
7 December 2021
Digital transformation in community health services
New report spotlights where community health services are doing digital well and what the barriers are.
1 December 2021
The NHS needs you more than ever
Darren Hughes, director of the Welsh NHS Confederation, responds to the latest Welsh Government press conference and further winter pressures funding.
11 January 2022
Whole system working tirelessly to find solutions
Darren Hughes, director of the Welsh NHS Confederation, responds to the latest NHS performance statistics in Wales and investment announcement.
22 December 2021
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
ICS delay muddies leadership and threatens accountability
Poor communication about ICS delays hasn't helped what can be an already difficult situation.
14 January 2022
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.