White paper – Looking Ahead 2021: Reset, partnerships, recovery
If 2020 proved anything, it’s that prediction is a fool’s game
Within the UK healthcare system it is possible to identify some emerging trends and to establish some of the future policy that will come to fruition in 2021 and change the NHS landscape.
Wilmington Healthcare’s latest white paper considers the current reality in the NHS:
- In hospitals, the day-to-day care of coronavirus patients, the adequate functioning of hospital services, infection control, safety and ensuring sufficient staffing will be top priority
- Primary care will have a relentless Covid-19 focus – not least via the rollout of the national vaccination programme
Behind the scenes, is a more positive story
Throughout 2020, rapid developments were taking place in real time – ones that had been years in the making but took on a new urgency as the pandemic set in. Integration, collaboration, digital transformation, out-of-hospital care and homecare – all elements of 2019’s NHS long-term plan, still the primary driver of NHS policy – are now accepted, valued and widely-used concepts; we look at how some of them will be transforming systems in 2021.
Adding to this mix the new NHS white paper, 2021 will be the year where we see a new model NHS really take shape, prior to new laws that will enshrine these changes by April 2022.
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