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by GK Strategy 23rd October, 2014
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The Stevens Challenge

Just over six months after NHS England Boss Simon Stevens’ reign began, today we see him launch a document on the challenges and solutions for the service over the next five years.

The challenges are unprecedented. We have applied plaster and stitches for many years to the pressures faced by our beloved health service, but without a comprehensive plan and coordinated delivery it could now be in need of a life support machine.

Stevens’ plan has some bold qualities and targets potential savings greater than his predecessor achieved through the infamous Nicholson challenge.

How does Stevens suggest we get there?

The plan, which was produced in collaboration with a range of health bodies including Monitor and Public Health England has four pillars:

  1. Prevention and public health
  2. Greater patient control
  3. Adaptation to the needs of a changing population
  4. Development and delivery of new models of care, local flexibility and greater investment in workforce, technology and innovation

Organisations in the health sector must ask themselves, how can we join this movement and support Stevens’ vision? Or indeed, how can we improve it?

Even when you take the “Stevens Challenge” (you heard it here first) savings into account, there will still be a significant financial gap. We all need to chip in with solutions to support the future of our country’s most cherished institution.

As the NHS Chief Executive put it himself, “the NHS is now at a crossroads” and “England is too big for a one-size-fits-all plan”.

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