The independent NHS Future Forum, a group of the country’s top health experts, has published its interim advice on integrated care, patient information and public health in a modern NHS, after listening to thousands of NHS staff, patients and the public as well as voluntary sector organisations.
The advice follows a request from the prime minister earlier this year for the NHS Future Forum to continue its successful dialogue and consider certain key themes with staff, patients and the public.
The interim advice and recommendations are aimed at informing the 2012/13 NHS Operating Framework and the plans around a new public health system.
The advice stresses that information about health and social care services must be published in a transparent and usable form and patients must have better access to health care records. It also calls for a national partnership across the NHS and public health.
The final reports will be published towards the end of the year.