Patients will be able to access their GP records online from the end of September. This will be launched alongside the citizen identity service – a single, secure identity for patients across health and care services that will allow patients to securely login to NHS.uk.
Furthermore, a new green paper that addresses the mental health needs of children and young people is planned for publication this Autumn. We will also look with interest to see if the NHS will meet A&E deliverables due in September, as laid out in the Government’s 2017/18 mandate to the NHS.
Personal online access
Patients will be able to access their GP record via the revamped NHS.uk from September 2017. Patients will be able to see their records, request and order repeat medication, view and book appointments, and exchange messages with their practice. The citizen identity service is also due to go live on 30 September.
NHS Digital Academy
By September 2017 a new academy to train a new generation of Chief Information Officers and Chief Clinical Information Officers, will be launched. By increasing the skills to align information technology with business and clinical needs, the NHS plans to increase the chances of successful adoption of new information technology and its use to drive quality and efficiency
The Children and Young People’s Green Paper
This green paper on children and young people’s mental health is due for publication in autumn 2017. It will set out plans to transform services in schools, universities and for families.
Cost recovery from non-UK residents
As agreed with GP representatives, by Autumn 2017 the Department of Health will amend the General Medical Service regulations to require GP practices to ask all new patients whether they hold a non-UK issued EHIC card, and then pass this information to NHS Digital so that these patients can more easily be identified in secondary care and appropriate recharging to other EEA countries can automatically occur.
Trusts and CCGs will be required to meet the Government’s 2017/18 mandate to the NHS that in or before September 2017 over 90% of emergency patients are treated, admitted or transferred within 4 hours – up from 85% currently.
Four priority clinical standards to be rolled out
By autumn 2017, the four priority clinical standards will be rolled out to all urgent network specialist services which include vascular, stroke, major trauma, heart attack and children’s critical care. This is part of the ambition to provide seven day services and ensure that patients receive consistent high quality safe care every day of the week.
Better Care Fund planning
Final Better Care Support plans will be submitted on 11 September 2017.
Health and Care Innovation Expo
Expo 2017 will be held on 11 and 12 September 2017 at Manchester Central. This year’s event will focus on the actions that can be taken to deliver the vision of the NHS Five Year Forward View, across all parts of the health and social care services.
The second budget forecast will be held in November 2017.