The Government has now accepted some of the recommendations following the phase 2 Future Forum report. It has committed to the following under each of the Forum's workstreams:
Education and training: Employers and professionals will have a greater say in developing the health workforce in the future, such as through local plans. The Government will also introduce an outcomes framework for education and training.
Integrated care: Patient experience of integrated care will be now measured as part of the Outcomes Framework.
The NHS’s role in the public’s health: The Government will consult on a new responsibility for healthcare professionals to promote healthy living through their daily contact with patients.
Information: The Government will consider the Forum’s recommendation for discharge summaries being made available to GPs and patients at the point of discharge, as part of the Information Strategy published later this year.
Regional Voices organised a series of events (one in each of the English regions from 13-21 October 2011) organised as part of phase 2 of the NHS Future Forum. Each event brought together voluntary sector leaders from patient, service user and carers groups, as well as the wider voluntary sector, including support and development organisations.
Regional Voices is the national forum of regional voluntary and community sector networks in England, and a strategic partner of the department of health. Involve Yorkshire & Humber is a member of Regional Voices.