Hospital gourneys

Health secretary announces new Major Conditions Strategy

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Steve Barclay, has today announced the Government's intention to develop and publish a new Major Conditions Strategy.

Whilst announcing the strategy during his statement to the House of Commons, Barclay detailed how the Government’s action will set out a “strong and coherent policy agenda” that indicates a “shift to integrated, whole-person care,” further developing the NHS Long Term Plan.

With pressure on the health system building as the NHS battles a spate of different issues, the MP for North East Cambridgeshire explained the strategy’s ultimate objectives saying the measures put forward will look to alleviate pressure and uphold the Government’s commitment to increasing life expectancy and reducing ill-health-related labour market inactivity.

Barclay went on to acknowledge the siloed nature of the health system, pledging that his department’s approach will harness the potential of whole-person care, before reflecting how the country’s health landscape is changing as NHS patients continue to deal with increasingly complex needs and multiple long-term conditions, and thus a different workforce model is required.

The strategy will is also said to centralise the state’s key promises around mental health, cancer, dementia, and health inequalities as well as aligning to the Government’s Life Sciences Mission.

The health secretary eventually indicated the Government’s intention to publish an interim report on the Major Conditions Strategy in the summer, before finishing his address by saying: “Strategies alone will not change outcomes. Delivery will require concerted effort from government and the NHS working in tandem, alongside social care, patient representatives, industry, and partners across the health and care system.”

Responding to the announcement, NHS Confederation’s Policy Director, Dr Layla McCay, said: “Health leaders stand ready to input to this strategy and will welcome the focus on integrated, whole-person care as well as the emphasis on health and care services and local government working together.

“It is hoped that the strategy will incorporate both a short and long-term vision beyond the political and financial cycles and is informed by meaningful public and professional engagement.

“As the Secretary of State has acknowledged, strategies alone will not change outcomes. NHS leaders are committed to playing their part to build a healthier population, but to do this they need the right workforce, resources and regulatory environment.”

To read Steve Barclay’s full statement, click here.

National Health Executive, Jan/Feb, Cover

NHE Jan/Feb 22

The pioneering programmes aimed at solving the NHS workforce pressures - starting at the top

This issue highlights the latest topics within the health sector, from pioneering programmes aimed at solving the NHS workforce pressures, treatment to slow the progression of Parkinson's disease, how the UK is leading the way in cancer research & more!

Videos...

View all videos
National Health Executive Presents

National Health Executive Presents

NHE365 Virtual Events

NHE has created a full calendar of events to address the most important issues that influence the delivery of healthcare services. Over 365 days you'll have the opportunity to hear from a range of highly motivating, informative and inspirational speakers. These speakers will equip you with the knowledge and unique insight to enable you to overcome the challenges that you face.

Finger on the Pulse

Ep 14. Health messaging is a science, Professor Craig Jackson

On Episode 14 of NHE's Finger on the Pulse podcast, we're joined by Professor Craig Jackson, Professor of Occupational Health Psychology
Birmingham City University to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, the health messaging around it and how those in power have missed a trick by overlooking the key role of psychology in informing the public of restrictions, measures and the ever-changing situation

More articles...

View all