The Forward View into action: planning for 2015/16

Leaders of the NHS in England have published planning guidance for the NHS, setting out the steps to be taken during 2015/16 to start delivering the NHS Five Year Forward View.

NHS England, Monitor, the NHS Trust Development Authority, the Care Quality Commission, Public Health England and Health Education England have come together to issue the joint guidance called The Forward View into action: planning for 2015/16, coordinating and establishing a firm foundation for longer term transformation of the NHS.

The guidance is backed by the recently-announced £1.98 billion of additional funding, with specific financial allocations for healthcare commissioners  also announced.

The coordinated guidance includes a new support package for GPs, plans for a radical upgrade in prevention of illness, and new access and treatment standards for mental health services.

The planning guidance requires leaders of local and national health and care services to take action on five fronts. It:

  • sets out seven approaches to a radical upgrade in prevention of illness with England becoming the first country to implement a national evidence-based diabetes prevention programme
  • explains how £480 million of the £1.98 billion additional investment will be used to support transformation in primary care, mental health and local health economies;
  • makes clear the local NHS must work together to ensure patients receive the standards guaranteed by the NHS Constitution;
  • underlines the NHS’s commitment to giving doctors, nurses and carers access to all the data, information and knowledge they need to deliver the best possible care;
  • details how the NHS will accelerate innovation to become a world-leader in genomic and genetic testing, medicine optimisation and testing and evaluating new ideas and techniques.

In addition to The Forward View into action: planning for 2015/16, NHS England has published a technical annex and range of supporting materials. Monitor and the NHS Trust Development Authority have also published respective technical guidance documents and supporting materials for commissioners and providers.

Revised planning timetable for 2015/16

In the Forward View into action: planning for 2015/16 Monitor, NHS England and the NHS Trust Development Authority (NTDA) set out a joint timetable for planning and contracting.

On 18 February 2015 Monitor and NHS England wrote to commissioners and providers with an update on the 2015/16 National Tariff, confirming that a new tariff will not be in place by 1 April 2015.

As a result, commissioners and providers need additional time to reflect these changes in their planning processes. A revised timetable for planning, contracting and dispute resolution in 2015/16 has been agreed with Monitor and NTDA.

Supplementary information for commissioner planning 2015/16

2015/16 planning guidance and resources

Planning templates

If you have any questions about the 2015/16 planning process, please contact england.planningqueries@nhs.net.

Innovation in Action

Innovation into Action provides a snapshot of the wide variety of innovation, activities and system-wide partnerships underway across the NHS to support the delivery of the NHS Five Year Forward View. It offers some examples of the ways in which these different initiatives can be deployed together to make a bigger difference.

Making local health economies work better for patients

Making local health economies work better for patients – NHS England, Monitor and the NHS Trust Development Authority (TDA) undertook an exercise to identify the most challenged local health economies (LHEs). This report aims to provide useful lessons and insights into common challenges being faced by other LHEs, as well as giving a springboard to others in developing, or further developing, sustainable solutions for the future.