The NIHR launched an informal consultation in March 2017 on what the priorities in health and research in England will be in 20-30 years’ time, and how they will differ from today. The purpose of this project is to inform their strategic thinking and ensure their view of future health and healthcare (including social care and public health) incorporates diverse perspectives, from a broad range of experts from around the country, including those of patient and public representatives. The project adds to other recent health futures work such as the report by the Academy of Medical Sciences ‘Improving the health of the public by 2040’.
Views were invited on five related issues:
- In relation to your area of interest (discipline or geography), what differences do you foresee in the state of health and provision of healthcare in England in 20-30 years’ time? In your answer, please consider if/how these changes might affect some populations (within England) differently to others, i.e. socioeconomic, ethnic groups and/or geographic groups.
- What do you think will be the key drivers of the changes you have described?
- In your view, what will be the major trends in health and healthcare in England over the next 20-30 years? (Going beyond your immediate area and expertise).
- Are there any commonly discussed issues related to the future of health and healthcare in England which you believe to be overstated? If so, why do you believe them to be overstated?
- Are there any issues that are underrepresented in the debates around the future of health and healthcare in England? If so, please describe them and explain why you think they merit greater attention.