NHS England’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place on Monday 11 September 2017 at Health and Care Innovation Expo, Manchester. In the year that the Next Steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View was launched, the AGM discussed progress made over the last 12 months towards delivering on the shared plan for improved health, transformed care and a financially sustainable health and care system.
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 opening speech with Paul Baumann, Chief Financial Officer reporting on the 2016-17 NHS England accounts.
The meeting included two open panel discussions, bringing together senior NHS leaders from across the country; the first of which provided an insightful discussion how NHS England is working with its partners to deliver a ‘better, more joined up and responsive NHS in England’. The second panel focused on the key priorities of cancer, mental health, urgent and emergency care and primary care.
Reflecting on efforts made over the last year, Simon Stevens commented that “…it is worth remember the very high public esteem that the National Health Service continues to be held in…”, with net satisfaction with the NHS being the highest it has been in all but three of the past 30 years. Simon continued to praise the service, stating that it is a “tremendous tribute to the 1.3 million nurses, therapists, doctors, other staff working often under pretty challenging circumstances…”.
Simon further emphasised the five key 2017-18 priorities of:
- Improving A&E performance
- Strengthening access to GP services and Primary Care
- Improving cancer and mental health care
- Delivering financial balance
- Accelerating local care redesign and integration
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Previous Annual General Meetings
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