Creating an NHS fit for the 21st Century
The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) is both the world’s most efficient and biggest health care provider. Whilst it is a matter of national pride, it is also facing unprecedented challenges. An aging population, innovations in the possibilities (and costs) of medical care, changing workforce dynamics and ever growing popular expectations… are just some of the systemic forces that, in combination, challenge the notion of an NHS fit for a 21st Century Britain.
In 2016 the NHS launched the ‘Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships’, through which ‘place-based plans’ for the future of the NHS were developed. In many ways these plans are radical. They bring together local and national public sector bodies with civil society and community organisations and even businesses to collectively cocreate the future of healthcare in the UK. Working in such a collective and ultimately adaptive way demands changes in all sorts of ways and at many levels; including in the very beliefs, values and behaviours of those leading change.