Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Behaviour Change and Strategic Leadership Key in NHS Sustainability

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Behaviour Change and Strategic Leadership Key in NHS Sustainability

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An inquiry report into the sustainability of the NHS, published in July 2013, has highlighted the need for a focus on behaviour change in future healthcare policy and leadership. This is one of ten recommendations given in the new publication, which is based on a six month enquiry into the long-term sustainability of the NHS in England from the All Party Parliamentary Group for Primary Care and Public Health.

The publication is timed in the wake of revelations that the NHS is set to face a funding gap by 2021 of around £50 billion. The NHS today is overwhelmed by preventative illnesses, the majority of which are linked to smoking, alcohol abuse, poor diet and lack of exercise. The present report issues a call to focus policy on changing the behaviour of individuals to keep them out of hospitals, recommending that prevention and self care education are built into GP and pharmacy contracts to encourage their inclusion by CCGs.

The report makes ten key recommendations for policy makers to consider in order to ensure the sustainability and future of the NHS in England. …

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