NHS England invites written submissions to help inform its five-year strategy for specialised services

NHS England is inviting individuals and organisations to provide written submissions to help inform the development of its five-year strategy for specialised services.

The development of the strategy is one of a number of workstreams supporting the Call to Action, which was launched in July 2013, opening a public debate about the future shape of the NHS.

During the next six months, NHS England, in partnership with the Specialised Healthcare Alliance, will undertake a thorough process of engagement with patients, the public, clinicians and other stakeholders, including Clinical Commissioning Groups and Clinical Reference Groups. A major event is being held in London in early December to help determine the strategy’s scope, bringing together 150 stakeholders from across a wide range of organisations and sectors.

Alongside this, and other events planned for the New Year, NHS England and the Specialised Healthcare Alliance are inviting interested individuals and organisations to make written submissions to feed in to the scoping exercise. These submissions will be considered along with views gathered at the London event, and will form the basis of a scoping report to be prepared by the end of this year.

A briefing document has been prepared to help guide those interested in making a submission. It covers five suggested themes for the strategy’s scope, but it should be noted that these themes have been designed to act merely as prompts. NHS England welcomes views on any issue outside of the briefing which could usefully be included in the scope of the strategy.

Written submissions should be sent to by no later than 13 December 2013. Submissions should not exceed 3000 words.

The scoping exercise seeks to define the parameters of the strategy’s mission and vision, and will not include discussions of individual specialised services. We will be inviting proposals from all stakeholders for service-specific strategy changes from January 2014. Details of how to submit these will be published here in due course.