These pages bring together all corporate documents and resources relating to the NHS England annual reports, business plans, financial performance reports and information about the Five Year Forward View.

NHS Operational Planning and Contracting Guidance 2017-2019

Planning GuidanceNHS England and NHS Improvement have published this year’s operational planning guidance three months earlier than normal to help local organisations plan more strategically.

For the first time, the planning guidance covers two financial years, to provide greater stability and support transformation. This is underpinned by a two-year tariff and two-year NHS Standard Contract.

It provides local NHS organisations with an update on the national priorities for 2017/18 and 2018/19, as well as updating on longer- term financial challenges for local systems.

Annual Report

Annual ReportNHS England’s Annual Report and Accounts 2015/16 was published on 21 July 2016. This document details the work of the organisation over the last year and outlines some of the most significant achievements and challenges.

The report set outs the progress made in delivering the Five Year Forward View, the 2015/16 Business Plan, and the Government’s mandate to NHS England. In his introduction, NHS England Chief Executive, Simon Stevens, says “In moving to implement the Forward View, 2015/16 was a year of both progress and challenge.”

You can download a full version of the document or easily access the sections that you are most interested in.

Business Plan

Business PlanNHS England’s Business Plan for 2016/17 sets out our 10 priorities for the coming year, reflecting the main themes of the government mandate, which in turn embody the agenda of the Five Year Forward View.

These are organised under the following themes:

  • Improving health – closing the health and wellbeing gap
  • Transforming care – closing the care and quality gap
  • Controlling costs and enabling change – closing the finance and efficiency gap

Five Year Forward View

Five Year Forward ViewThe NHS Five Year Forward View sets out a new shared vision for the future of the NHS based around the new models of care. It has been developed by the partner organisations that deliver and oversee health and care services including Care Quality Commission, Public Health England and NHS Improvement (previously Monitor and National Trust Development Authority).

Patient groups, clinicians and independent experts have also provided their advice to create a collective view of how the health service needs to change over the next five years if it is to close the widening gaps in the health of the population, quality of care and the funding of services.

Financial Performance ReportFinancial performance reports

NHS England publishes quarterly financial performance reports to update the Board on the year to date and to provide the latest forecast on full year performance.

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