NHS England’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place on 25 October 2016 at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London. Two years on from the launch of the Five Year Forward View (FYFV), the event discussed progress made over the last 12 months towards delivering on the shared plan for better health, more personalised care, and a financially sustainable health service.
NHS England’s Chair Professor Sir Malcolm Grant opened the meeting, welcoming attendees from the public and health and social care sectors. Chief Executive Simon Stevens then provided an introduction and presentation of the 2015/16 Annual Report and Accounts.
The meeting included two open panel discussions, bringing together senior NHS leaders from across the country; the first of which focused on four priority areas of cancer, mental health, learning disabilities and urgent and emergency care. The second panel provided an insightful discussion into the progress of delivering the FYFV.
Reflecting on progress over the last year, Simon Stevens commented that although 2015/16 was an “incredibly challenging year for the National Health Service”, the overall performance of the NHS is something to be proud of. People in England are getting some of the “fastest access to A&E services and planned surgery of any industrialised country in the world”.
Key achievements emphasised included:
- More than 9 in 10 people last year were seen and treated in A&E departments within 4 hours; and more than 9 in 10 people got their planned surgery within 18 weeks, compared with the position a decade ago when people were waiting 18 months;
- Setting out the strategic directions for some of the ‘big killers’, disablers and health conditions in this country, and developing detailed blueprints as to how these are going to be improved over the next five years;
- Successfully securing the front-loaded funding settlement from the Government for 2016/17;
Looking to the future, Simon Stevens highlighted the importance of joint-working with NHS Improvement, the Care Quality Commission and other national leadership bodies to ensure that there is a “joined-up and coherent approach to the leadership of the task in front of the NHS”. He also talked about:
- NHS England fulfilling its’ legal responsibilities as “stewards of the commissioning system”, to ensure that local clinical commissioning groups and our national specialised commissioning responsibilities are discharged effectively;
- Making ‘tangible gains’ on the agendas towards mental health services, cancer support, GPs and primary care support, and for the broader redesign of urgent and emergency care – specifically investing a further £2.4 billion over the next five years for general practice development;
- Supporting local leaders to develop their Sustainability and Transformation Plans. Helping to ensure that the NHS and its’ partners in local government and the third sector are coming together to set an agreed direction, and to use the funding available to produce local improvement.
The AGM generated a number of questions from attendees, answers to which will be posted on the NHS England website over the next few weeks. You can join the conversation on Twitter through #NHSEagm16.
Videos of the Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting was broadcast live as part of our commitment to make information as accessible as possible.
NHS England Annual General Meeting 2016 – Item 1
NHS England Annual General Meeting 2016 – Item 2
NHS England Annual General Meeting 2016 – Item 3
NHS England Annual General Meeting 2016 – Item 4