24th October 2014

Image: NHS Five Year Forward View.NHS England’s Chief Executive Simon Stevens today launched a Five Year Forward View for the NHS which details the changes needed between 2015 and 2020 to ease the pressure on hospitals and general practices and to ensure the NHS provides comprehensive and high quality care.

The report warns that if there are no further annual efficiencies and flat real terms funding continues, growing demand on services would lead to a £30 billion a year shortfall by 2020/21.

The report, developed by NHS England, Public Health England, Monitor, Health Education England, the Care Quality Commission and the NHS Trust Development Authority, explores why the NHS needs to change, proposes new models of care and examines how change can be achieved.

Commenting on the report, Candace Miller, Director of the National Skills Academy for Health, said: “We welcome the recognition given to the importance of skills development in Simon Stevens report 'Five Year Forward View’.

“There are huge challenges ahead and a need to be bold and brave in embracing change. There are so many ways in which skilled and flexible support staff can make a real difference to out of hospital care but we need excellent training for clearly defined roles to see the best return on investment.

“Addressing skills gaps among the support staff within smaller healthcare enterprises and in relation to integrated care are among our top priorities over the coming months and years and our new investment programme to establish National Skills Academy for Health Excellence Centres will help broaden access to high quality training for high quality care.”

Read the NHS Five Year Forward View