What does the government blueprint for NHS and social care reform entail?  - Kalkine Media

February 11, 2021 11:35 AM GMT | By Team Kalkine Media
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  • The government has decided to institute various measures that can strengthen the NHS with the help of a community-based support.
  • New requirements about calories labelling on food and drink packages will be introduced with the help of new legislation.


The UK government has launched a blueprint for the National Health Service (NHS) and the social care reforms in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The new proposals in the blueprint will include the lessons learned from the pandemic-like black swan event. Through the initiative, the government is trying to empower the local leaders by removing unnecessary legislative bureaucracy. 


The proposals are expected to assist in building back better from the Covid-19 slump bringing health and care services closer together by addressing various inequalities including oral health and obesity. The recent set out measures are likely to modernise the legal framework making the health and care system fit for the future alongside putting the targeted improvements for delivery of public health and social care. 

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It has been observed that greater integration of services across the NHS has enabled Cambridgeshire and Peterborough in providing better support to people experiencing a mental health crisis alongside the support from the voluntary sector, as well as the local authority.  


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Key highlights of the proposal


  • Local health and care systems will be reinforced to provide higher quality care within their local jurisdictions. 
  • The domestically operating administrations will become accountable by making them less legally bureaucratic. 
  • The various periodic requirements of the communities will be addressed by the local government and partners in a collective manner along with the NHS support. 
  • A bunch of modifications will be done that can effectively respond in crises like Covid-19 pandemic. The NHS has already made practical adaptations within its present legal framework. 
  • The health and care sector will be adequately equipped with technology subsequent to the reforms, assisting it to emerge as a better platform to support staff and patient care. 
  • In order to plan better for the future care of the communities, the quality and availability of the data across the health and care sector will be improved. 
  • With such changes, the government can ascertain a long-lasting change in the systems that can be periodically modified with the advancement of technologies. 
  • Also, it will certainly strengthen the government’s target of 50,000 more nurses and 40 new hospitals as a clear path for improvement will be laid into the next decade. 
  • The health and care systems will be allowed to evolve better, with the flexible regime of proposals, to meet the long-term societal challenges and the healthcare requirements over the coming decades. 
  • Integrated care systems will be institutionalised with the collective support from the NHS and local government to plan for health and care services as per the patients’ requirements. 
  • With an appropriate focus on preventive healthcare, innovative solutions will be quickly implemented to address the problems in areas including moving health and care services out of hospitals to the community. 
  • The NHS will be made more efficacious with the primary staff spending more time on patients, while the locally deployed NHS staff will act according to the requirements of communities. 
  • With the continuing effort to marginalise the risk and improve the safety, the Healthcare Safety Investigations Branch will be permanently established as a statutory body. 
  • The oversight and accountability in the delivery of services will be improved by a package of measures through new assurance and data sharing plans in social care. 
  • The Secretary of State will be accordingly empowered to directly make payments to adult social care providers wherever required. 
  • New requirements about calories labelling on food and drink packages will be introduced with the help of new legislation. 



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The country has managed to provide responsive support for experiencing mental health crisis with the presence of community-based health crisis First Response Service (FRS). The FRS, open round the clock, is designated to support people across all ages in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.  

With the local and community-based support, the NHS is experiencing fewer calls for ambulance services, assessments, and conveyances to the emergency department.  


Furthermore, the requirement of out hours for GPs visiting the people in mental health crisis has been reduced substantially. Before the launch of specialised services, there was no capacity to see people requiring mental health care out of hours, except through A&E.  



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