Implementing the NHS Long Term Plan

Status: CLOSED
Published: 02 Apr 2019 00:00
Source: NHS England

Earlier this year, the RCN welcomed the Long Term Plan for the NHS in England. This plan, sets out an ambitious direction for health and care services in England, with an emphasis on prevention and shifting care into the community. The main NHS agencies, NHS England (NHSE) and NHS Improvement (NHSI), have since set out proposals for changes to legislation to help the NHS to deliver the plan. Most of these focus on supporting integration and collaboration between health and care services, giving more power to local leaders. NHSE and NHSI are consulting the public on these proposals until 25th April 2019. 

The RCN will respond to the consultation, and individuals are also encouraged to do so. Our top priority is to ensure that changes to the legislation include clear accountability for workforce. Clear legal duties for workforce must be set out for Government, commissioners, providers, and the new integrated structures.

To support you in responding to the consultation, we have set out our priorities and positions within this briefing document.

Email feedback using "32/19" as reference in the subject line to

Deadline to submit feedback to the RCN by 12noon on Thursday 11 April 2019.

Individual consultation responses can be made on the NHS England website.

For further information, please contact

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