As the NHS Confederation today welcomed the NHS Modernisation Board's Annual Report, Gill Morgan, Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation stated:
"We support the Modernisation Board's view that expanding capacity is the key challenge for the NHS and so we need time for transformation. We should recognise that improvements are already being made across the service and investment is making a real difference".
In today's report, Dr Morgan said:
"The NHS is at a crucial stage in its history. Looking to the next year the top management priority must be delivering tangible improvements in patient care. There will be a number of key challenges.
While the spotlight is often on short-term targets, the real challenge is to focus on longer term transformation. The NHS Confederation has established the Future Healthcare Network to help a group of leading-edge acute trusts and PCTs explore new models of care and their implications for the future workforce, the use of IT and the design of new hospitals and primary care premises.
Better patient care can only be delivered if clinicians are fully involved in the improvement agenda. The Confederation will be joining forces with the BMA, the royal colleges, the BMJ and HSJ to explore how the relationship between management and medicine can be improved.
Doing things differently involves a real culture change across the NHS. It requires leaders with a clear vision for local services and new skills. The Confederation will explore the changes needed to support leadership and management excellence.
Changing the relationships between the centre, the service and local communities will be crucial for transformation. The Confederation welcomes the innovation and local ownership that the Government wants to encourage through NHS Foundation Trusts. Representing the whole NHS family, we realise these benefits will only be seen if the whole system is able to meet this challenging agenda. We will be working to ensure there is a strengthening of Primary Care Trusts so that they are able to be in the driving seat in delivering more integrated care for local communities. The shared desire across the NHS for more freedom and less monitoring and to set local priorities with local people together must be fostered.
As ever, we will need to encourage a more balanced public debate about the realities and achievements of the NHS, so that we have the time necessary for the transformation of services that staff right across the NHS are working so hard to achieve."
Notes for editors
1. Dr Gill Morgan is Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation and an NHS Modernisation Board member.
2. The NHS Confederation represents the organisations that make up the NHS. Our members include the majority of NHS trusts, primary care trusts and health authorities in England; trusts, health authorities and local health groups in Wales; trusts and NHS boards in Scotland; and health and social services trusts and boards in Northern Ireland.
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