Last week, Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock MP set out his vision for prevention and the NHS with the publication of a new policy paper. With the announcement of a Green Paper to follow next year, Hancock’s plans will place prevention at the heart of Government’s vision for the NHS and help to meet their ambition to improve healthy life expectancy by an extra five years by 2035.

The paper describes how health problems could be prevented from arising in the first place and how those already living with health and social care needs will be empowered to control their health and have problems spotted earlier, dealt with in the community, and treated holistically across mental and physical health.

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