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Interim NHS People Plan, First 1000 days of life

Interim NHS People Plan, First 1000 days of life

10th June 2019

First of all, congratulations to Prof Chris Whitty, Dr Jenny Harries, and Amanda Pritchard on their new roles of CMO, DCMO and NHS COO respectively. And to Baroness Dido Harding on the publication of the Interim NHS People Plan (previously the NHS Workforce Implementation Plan). If you would like to learn more about the work of the current CMO, Prof Dame Sally Davies, I refer you to last week's session last by the Science and Technology committee exactly on this topic - covering e.g. genomics and the impact of social media and screen-use on young people's health. And for those wanting to hear more about the Interim NHS People Plan directly from Baroness Harding, you can find last week's session by the Health and Social Care Committee on the Harding Review here.

The Interim NHS People Plan was published last Monday after some delay - Health Secretary Matt Hancock MP gave a speech stating that 'the NHS of the future will always put its people first' and Health Minister Stephen Hammond MP laid a written ministerial statement as well as made a statement in the House of Commons after being asked to by Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth MP. In 'very' sum, this interim Plan sets out the vision for the NHS workforce and immediate actions for 2019/20 whilst the full, costed five-year People Plan is expected to be published later this year following the development of 5-year STP/ICS plans and the Spending Review. Worth reading as well are the comments by the King's FundNuffield Trust, and NHS Confed. The vision is welcomed, but healthcare experts reiterate the urgency and importance of proper and sufficient funding and (training for) people. The message for those writing the full 5-year People Plan and others working across Government and ALB's is then also very clearly put by the verdict of one of our APHG advisors, Niall Dickson: ''this is welcome but an effective workforce strategy will need investment. This will need to be delivered in the next spending review.'' We shall keep an eye out for any developments.

In the meantime, some news on another one of Matt Hancock's three priorities - prevention. Government responded to the conclusions and recommendations made by the Health and Social Care Committees Report 'First 1000 days of life'. You can find the complete Government response, a brief overview and the initial Committee report here. Also on prevention, as set out by the NHS Long Term Plan, the Department of Health and Social Care reviewed commissioning arrangements for some local authority commissioned public health services. The review recommends closer collaboration between the NHS and local authorities on public health so that commissioning is more joined-up and prevention is embedded across. Matt Hancock also confirmed in his speech that the Prevention Green Paper shall soon be published. 

Finally, this week will see some interesting debates in Parliament on, just to name a few - again public health (vaccination and public health - 12/6, public health in county Durham - 12/6), learning disabilities and autism 12/6 and mental health of men and boys 12/6. And for those of you who want to plan a little bit further ahead, next Tuesday 18th will be Health and Social Care Questions Time.  

Have a lovely week,

Best wishes,


Head of Health and CO

Policy Connect

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