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NHS Long-term Plan

Arguably the most important NHS policy document since the publication of the Five year forward view, the NHS long-term plan sets out the direction of travel for the NHS in England for the next ten years, including changes to commissioning and buying of services.

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Our new digital course focuses on four areas of the plan, providing you with essential market knowledge to help you adapt your plans and tweak value propositions accordingly ultimately supporting you to meet your commercial objectives.

The NHS long-term plan course focuses on four key areas

  • primary care
  • secondary care
  • finance
  • prevention

Primary care

These policy changes are aimed at controlling costs and boosting efficiency in patient care and the way patients are managed, and ultimately to create a new system of integrated community-based health care.

Specific changes include:

  • reorganising primary care with new primary care networks delivering services in the community
  • new IT systems supporting integration and care delivery in the community
  • further initiatives on prevention and inequalities

Secondary care

The NHS LTP aims to bring important changes to secondary care directly but also by moving areas of care into the community closer to patients’ homes and by reducing demand.

The main aims of changes for secondary care are intended to:

  • modernise emergency care delivery
  • move much of it out of hospitals and to cut costs
  • address delayed transfers of care, reduce demand for emergency care use
  • IT to make care more efficient and to generate data for research further develop integrated care systems


The NHS is to use an extra £20.5bn by 2024 to tackle three areas: current financial pressures, keeping up with demand growth and funding new priorities. There are five tests the government has set the NHS.

  • return to financial balance
  • achieve cash-releasing productivity growth of at least 1.1% per year
  • reduce the growth in demand for care through better integration and prevention
  • reduce unjustified variation in performance
  • make better use of capital investment and its existing assets to drive transformation


This module looks at areas and health conditions cited in the NHS long-term plan where health services will be trying to use preventive measures through active population health management to save money and increase efficiency.

On completing the course, you’ll be able to

  • increase your credibility with your NHS customers
  • improve the relevance of your offering to align with the NHS long-term plan
  • have a better understanding of the influencer network across a care pathway, rather than simply by organisation type