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NNPCF Input into the NHS 10 year plan

October 10, 2018

To mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS in July, the Prime Minister announced an extra £20 billion of funding between now and 2023. In return, she asked the NHS to develop a new 10 year plan for health provision.

Sir Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England has been tasked with developing this plan which is due for publication in late Autumn.

The NNPCF has been one of the groups that have been invited to participate and input into the creation of this plan along with may of our partners in the SEND sector including the Council for Disabled Children, Contact and other SEND charities and the royal colleges.

We are pleased to see that children and young people are much more prominent in this work than in previous NHS strategies which is one of the key messages we gave to Caroline Dinenage, the Minister of State for Care when we met her in April. We are also pleased that learning disabilities and autism are specifically identified as a clinical priority as well as mental health.

In developing the plan, NHS England have set 4 clinical priorities for this next 10 years which are:

  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular and respiratory
  • Learning disability and autism
  • Mental health

They have also set 3 Life Course Programmes which are:

  • Prevention, personal responsibility and health inequalities
  • Healthy childhood and maternal Health
  • Integrated personal care for people with long term conditions and older people with frailty, including dementia


The NNPCF co-chairs, Maureen Morris and Mrunal Sisodia took part in a number of engagement events in September held by NHS England to contribute the views of parent carers. Our contributions to the events was based on the information we have gathered from our member forums on the experiences of families of children and young peoples of the NHS.

Working with our partners we identified the following goals for NHS England for children and young people with SEND:

By 2028, children and young people will have better physical health, mental health and wellbeing. Health inequalities will be halved and mortality rates will be amongst the lowest in Western Europe. Children and young people, and their parents and carers, will experience a seamless service delivered by an integrated health and care system. There will be a skilled workforce that listens to them, responds, and meets their needs

To do this, we focussed on a number of very familiar themes:

  • Co-production with children, young people and parent carers
  • Seamless and integrated healthcare connected to the support they need
  • Focus on prevention and early intervention
  • Alignment of levers and incentives for the health system to deliver the right care
  • Workforce strategy to ensure practitioners have the right skills and knowledge

The strategy is being developed at a great pace and is due to report back to the Prime Minister in late autumn. We will keep you updated as our work continues.