NHS Long Term Plan


The NHS is one of Britain’s greatest achievements and for 70 years its dedicated staff has been there for us.

A lot has changed since it was created in 1948. As medicine advances, health needs change and society develops, the NHS has to continually move forward so that in 10 years time we have a service fit for the future.

The Government has announced additional funding for the NHS and this means we can plan to make the NHS fit for the future for patients, their families and our staff.The NHS Long Term Plan is drawn up by frontline staff, patients groups, and national experts to be ambitious but realistic.

You can find out how the NHS will change to better meet the needs of patients and their families as we implement our bold vision in the following areas:

Members of the public who want to know more about the NHS Long Term Plan should sign up to our ‘In Touch’ bulletin, the NHS Long Term Plan Facebook Page and the easy read version of the NHS Long Term Plan.

Primary care networks

Primary care networks (PCNs) are a crucial part of the NHS long-term plan, but what are they and how do they work? We unpack the role of primary care networks, how they are developing and their impact on the way services are delivered. 

The Kings Fund have web page; “Primary care networks explained” that gives you a good overview of what primary care networks are, how they are formed and what will they do.

You can read the full summary here: Primary care networks explained. NHS England have a dedicated section on their website for Primary care networks where you can find out more through case studies from across the country and read the latest Primary Care Networks: Frequently Asked Questions.