The topic in this publication is Specialised services: transforming delivery for patients. The NHS landscape is evolving quickly. Specialised services have a key role to play in helping to deliver the ambitions of the long term plan. They are well placed to lead the changes in patient care on many fronts, for example in supporting innovation, deploying new treatments and harnessing digital technology. Yet there are also particular challenges in adapting to new system structures and commissioning arrangements.
In this report NHS Providers have interviewed eight leaders who bring a range of perspectives on the challenges and opportunities facing specialised services. They include views from trusts operating in the acute and mental health sectors, a commissioner, a clinician and a leading charity speaking on behalf of patients. They all share a common goal, which is to deliver high-quality care for patients and service users.