Last year, over 340,000 people spoke to us about what matters to them when it comes to the support they get from NHS and social care services.
But what about the future?
The NHS's 70th birthday provides the opportunity to look back and celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions. It also gives us the chance to look forward and tell decision-makers what we want and expect from hospitals, GPs and care services in the decades to come.
We're holding a national conversation to discuss how your needs might be different in the future, the role you'll play in your own healthcare and how technology might be used.
NHS and social care services are changing
The way in which NHS and social care services support people is changing.
Why? Well, there are a number of reasons. Demand for help from services is increasing as more people live longer and more people need help with long-term conditions.
Advances in medicine are resulting in new treatments and cures, while technology is making looking after our own health easier. There is also a rising expectation that the support we get should be convenient and personalised.
Some of the these developments mean we currently need more people and money to meet people’s needs, while others have potential to make some things easier and cheaper to do.
Why sharing your views is important
In response, the Government has asked the NHS to develop a plan help prevent ill health and improve the support you get. They have agreed to give the NHS more money to help make this happen. The Government has also announced that it will publish proposals on improving social care for older people.
We believe that it’s essential your voice is heard, not just in these future plans, but in also in decisions about the much longer term. That’s why we’re holding a national conversation about what you want to see when the NHS turns 80, 90 & 100.