Developing the long-term plan for the NHS


The NHS has been asked to set out a long-term plan for the future of the NHS by the autumn, setting out our ambitions for improvement over the next decade, and our plans to meet them over the five years of the funding settlement.

Working groups are now being established — bringing together local and national system leaders, partners and stakeholders to shape the final plan. 

We will update this page as this process develops.

Life course programmes

  • prevention and personal responsibility
  • healthy childhood and maternal health
  • integrated and personalised care for people with long-term conditions and the frail elderly (including dementia) 

Clinical priorities

  • cancer  
  • cardiovascular and respiratory 
  • learning disability and autism 
  • mental health 


  • workforce, training and leadership 
  • digital and technology 
  • primary care 
  • research and innovation 
  • clinical review of standards 
  • engagement 
  • funding and financial architecture
  • capital and infrastructure
  • efficiency and productivity
  • local and national system architecture

“It’s a personal intent of mine that we make sure the provider sector that has to deliver the plan is strongly built into this. The workstreams will be the first step in what will need to be a significant engagement process.”

Ian Dalton, Chief Executive, NHS Improvement

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