The way in which health and social care is delivered needs to change. The imperative for change is in response to changes in population health needs, service user preferences on how care is delivered, advances in treatment, and technology. The costs of interventions are rising while the management of long-term health conditions are putting pressure on already restricted health budgets.
We need to design new models of care that are focused on the consumer of health and care, with the aim of providing the best health outcomes and a better experience at a level of funding that is sustainable now and in the future. It is recognised that a ‘one size fits all’ no longer works in a country as diverse as England and that new models of care will need to adapt to local contexts and needs.