70 years of NHS

Posted on Monday, July 2, 2018 by Venn GroupNo comments

On the 5th of July the NHS will be celebrating its 70th birthday, which is 25,550 days/613,200 hours/36,792,000 minutes since Aneuvin Bevan’s NHS was born out of the idea that good healthcare should be available to all, regardless of wealth. Since it was launched by Bevan in 1948, the NHS still has its three core principles at heart: that it meets the needs of everyone, that it is free at the point of delivery, and that it is based on clinical need, not ability to pay.


The NHS is a national treasure which unites everyone across the UK.  However, it still continues to struggle; countless reports in the media reveal how stretched this service is, yet the doctors and nurses whilst under this immense pressure continue to provide world class care to millions of patients on a daily basis. There are a number of studies and comparisons which rate the different healthcare systems around the world with the NHS always holding its own, clearly this does not detract from the fact that it still finds itself face mounting problems which need to be addressed to ensure that NHS remains a pillar of the UK’s society.


When NHS England’s Chief Executive, Simon Stevens, came in to post in 2014 he acknowledged the scale of the challenge describing the NHS as “at a crossroads”, but noted that there would be no single blueprint for introducing the level of change needed. He said “England is too big for a one-size-fits-all plan, and nor is the answer to simply let thousands of flowers bloom”. He realised that a number of bespoke solutions were needed and produced the Five Year Forward View in October 2014 which contrary to normal NHS protocol encouraged the development of new models to suit local needs.


The Next Steps report in March 2017 outlines the progress made so far on the NHS Five Year Forward View and details the focus over the next 2 years, which whilst the NHS’s overall drive is to deliver financial balance across the NHS, the main 2017/2018 improvement priorities are on improving A&E performance, strengthening access to high quality GP services and improvements in cancer services.


The Health Service will always be a political hot cake, especially when it comes interim staffing. Over 100,000 workers (6.6%) within the NHS are employed through agencies and even though the NHS cut agency costs in its deficit, it is clear that there is still a demand. This environment of continuous improvement means that the Health Service will always require professional interim support and at Venn Group we take pride in placing exceptional candidates that provide top quality solutions. If you currently work in the Health Service and need support or are looking for a new role or to embark on a career in the Health Service then please contact Venn Group, who is a leading supplier of interims to the Health Service.


Adam Britton

Associate Director - Healthcare



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