Looking ahead: the NHS at 100

Author: RebeccaAslettDate: 2 years 5 months Ago

This week marks the 70th birthday of the NHS and many of your organisations will be celebrating in some way. We, at the HFMA, have chosen to mark the occasion by releasing our new briefing Looking ahead: the NHS at 100. This report explores the key challenges we think will have the biggest impact on the financial future of health and social care. While it is difficult to predict with any certainty what the future holds, we highlight the likely direction of travel and provide insight which will help inform the decisions that are being made now.

As well as marking the 70th birthday of the NHS, the objective is to help HFMA members, and others, think about and plan for the future. This report explores the key challenges we think will have the biggest impact on the financial future of health and social care. While it is difficult to predict with any certainty what the future holds, we highlight the likely direction of travel and provide insight which will help inform the decisions that are being made now.

While much can change in 30 years, many aspects have remained consistent in the last 70, including the fundamental basis of the NHS that care is free at the point of delivery, based on need not ability to pay. It is with that guiding principle that we consider the challenges we face in the coming 30 years; defining the issue and the implications of it for the finance function and the wider NHS and care system.

Throughout the week we will be releasing blogs from a number of commentators to look ahead to what the NHS might look like in 30 years’ time, examining both the obstacles it will face and the opportunities to enhance health and healthcare.

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Released so far:

Workforce key to meeting demographic challenge
by Anita Charlesworth, director of research and economics at The Health Foundation

Changing the balance of responsibility
by Sanjay Agrawal, consultant in respiratory and critical care medicine at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and an HFMA trustee