2020 Coronavirus pandemic
Coronavirus legislation affecting healthcare:
Here is a link to an Overview of Coronavirus Act 25th March 2020
Here is a link to the full legislation
Coronavirus legislation affecting adult social care support:
Here is a link 16.4.20 Government action plan for adult social care during COVID-19
Here is a link 15.5.20 Government support for care homes during Coronavirus pandemic
NHS planning prior to Coronavirus pandemic
Building on the NHS Long Term Plan, the Government has issued the White Paper on NHS and Social Care which will be presented to parliament later this year and implemented next April.
Here is the Healthwatch England summary of the White Paper.
The Long Term Plan
On 7 January 2019 the Government launched the NHS long term plan setting out how the service will develop over the next 10 years.
The plan highlights seven priority areas:
- mental health
- care for people with two or more chronic medical conditions
- support for people to age healthily
- children’s health
- cardiovascular and respiratory diseases
- learning disability and autism
The plan pledges action which will in total prevent 500,000 deaths over the next decade through prevention and early detection of problems. The plan also promises to change the way that patients access health services with increased use of new technology and different ways of accessing help.
Over the next few months the NHS nationally and locally will be publishing details of how it will implement the plan. Other initiatives such as the social care green paper and spending review which are expected later this year will complement the plan.
King’s Fund – The NHS long-term plan explained
The local plan to cover Portsmouth, Southampton, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
A summary plan of the proposal that was sent in November 2019 to the Department for Health and Social Care can be found here on the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Sustainability and Transformation Partnership’s website: https://hiowhealthandcare.org/
Other documents that are informing health service planning:
Health Equity in England The Marmot Review 10 Years On full report Feb 2020
We continue to be in discussion with senior decision-makers to seek progress with plans to better communicate and engage with city residents. We are also working with other Local Healthwatch across the Hampshire and Isle Of Wight (HIOW) area to ensure senior commissioners and providers are planning in how to involve the public for issues that impact more than one area, such as access to hospitals, mental health services and primary care.
For more information, you might find the following links useful:
Health & Care Portsmouth
Health and Care Portsmouth has developed a local plan, specific to Portsmouth, which aims to implement key actions and changes to improve the health and well-being of Portsmouth residents.
The five key organisations involved in designing this plan are:
The aim of the local plan is to enable organisations to work closer together with greater emphasis on working in local communities, through the design and provision of all health and care services.
More details about the plan can be found at on the Health and Care Portsmouth website.