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.
A summary of the government's 2021 Budget and the implications for the health and care sector.
3 March 2021
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’.
Letter to the Chancellor about addressing the elective care backlog
The NHS Confederation has written to the Chancellor Rishi Sunak about the need for clarity on funding.
2 July 2021
Community Network response to the provider selection regime consultation
The response to the consultation focuses on the implications for community providers.
8 April 2021
Tendering of NHS community services during COVID-19
Vital community health services risk being tangled in bureaucratic contracts and face serious cuts unless the government steps in, warns network.
29 July 2020
PCNs call for more funding, support and autonomy to shore up the health and wellbeing of their local communities and the NHS Long Term Plan
PCNs call for more funding, support and autonomy to allow them to support the health and wellbeing of their local communities.
30 July 2021
Pay award will be welcomed by staff and employers but must be fully funded
Pay award announcement will be welcome but must be fully funded
21 July 2021
Procurement in an ICS – let’s really do it differently to benefit patients
Changes to procurement are welcomed by the ICN Network and NHS Clinical Commissioners, with the need for transparency and a level of consistency.
24 May 2021
The 2020/21 annual report and accounts: three issues to watch for
Three core issues NHS bodies will need to consider when approving the annual report and accounts.
6 April 2021
Supporting the LGBTQ+ population tweet chat
The latest in our series of tweet chats will look at how we can listen to service users and take responsibility for collecting and reporting data.
10 August 2021 11:30 - 12:30 GMT
Connecting primary care to place and system
Join Hill Dickinson LLP and primary care leaders as they explore the evolving role of primary care at place and system.
11 August 2021 13:30 - 14:30 GMT