The King’s Fund believes that NHS organisations could make more effort to form collaborative relationships with both patients and communities, and has emphasised the importance of this as part of the NHS Five Year Forward View.
Commenting on the implementation of this health service program, the authoritative think tank suggested that the NHS must step up his efforts to forge new relationships with patients and communities, which is a central pillar of the five-year transformation scheme.
The Five Year Forward View aims to strengthen the NHS’s role in health advocacy, empower patients to take control of their health and to do more to engage communities.
In order to indicate its support for the initiative, the charity has appointed Mark Doughty, co-founder and director of the Centre for Patient Leadership, as a senior consultant with a focus on patient leadership.
Doughty will be tasked with promoting the vital role that collaborative relationships can play within the healthcare and social care system, with the aim of enhancing the way that the NHS operates.
The newly appointed consultant indicated that it is important for the NHS to “shift away from a ‘them and us’ model to a more collaborative one and make sure these relationships are embedded in our organisational structures.”
Doughty particularly cited previous work conducted in collaborative relationships that had been instructive and inspiring.
The King’s Fund has also recently published an academic paper which documents some of the notable achievements from NHS professionals that have been achieved by working closely with patients.
In order to outline the efficacy of this approach, the report examines numerous case studies which have been acquired from the fund’s national collaborative pairs programme.
This prompted patients and health professionals to work together on a range of local initiatives, with the intention of supporting closer and more collaborative working.
“This is an idea whose time has come, and I look forward to help making it a reality,” Doughty asserted.
Marcus Powell, director of leadership and organisational development at the King’s Fund, outlined the view of the think tank, suggesting that NHS organisations should pay heed to the important aspects of collaboration in their work.
“There are many people and organisations doing some really good work in this area. Now is the time for NHS organisations to unite in their commitment to a new partnership with patients and communities.”
The King’s Fund was originally set up to contribute to London’s voluntary hospitals, and later started to inspect hospitals.
After the NHS was created in 1948, the fund became a think tank.