We call for more investment in health and care services across the UK, especially in community care, public health and wellbeing.
It is a political choice to increase investment in health and social care services. As part of this, we must equally value people’s physical and mental health whilst working hard to address health inequalities that exist across the UK. We know that investing now can help prevent ill health from developing in the first place. This is better for people’s quality of life and generates economic savings in the longer term. To support this, we need sustained investment in community and public health services, including supporting the growth of the nursing workforce such as district and community nurses, health visitors and school nurses.
We call for health and care service design and delivery for communities across the UK which value cooperation and collaboration over competition.
Commissioning and transaction costs should never divert critical investment away from frontline services. The use of management consultants to advise commissioners and providers to make cuts under the guise of service transformation should not be permitted. Re-designing services provides a real chance to change ways of working for the better, bringing together fragmented aspects of care and putting people first. But pushes for greater efficiency and pressure to generate savings must never compromise patient safety and quality care.
We call for a sustained and strategic investment in education and training for the UK nursing and midwifery workforce.
Sustained and strategic investment in standards of training and education, including graduate and post-graduate education and continuous professional development, are essential to delivering first class care to patients and their families. We also need to value and invest in upskilling our existing nursing and midwifery workforce to retain knowledgeable staff and support long term workforce planning.