In case you are thinking that this project is a bit too ambitious, let me say a few words about what we do and how we do it.
The aims are big, I agree; the Commission is essentially paving the way for the NHS of the future. If you are starting to think “New and Improved- NHS’s Updated Prototype- Cutting Edge Technology” I’m afraid I will have to burst the Sci-Fi bubble and explain that our approach is more holistic than that.
As part of the Healthy Living Team and as its former Team Manager, I have learned the valuable lesson that progress is best achieved not when new ideas exist independently, but when they are employed to perfect the applicability of older ones. I can extrapolate this to the whole Commission and say that we do not aim to reinvent the wheel, we wish to make it spin faster.
As much as we all love “reinvention” the issues we are combating are ever-existing problems, but the ways through which we are approaching our solutions are where innovation and creativity kick in. I am a big believer in the “no spoilers” policy, so I will sum up our ideas as cross disciplinary. All three teams have reached further than traditional solutions and are developing simple answers which, most importantly, integrate the people who have most to gain from their applicability in the process.
Novelty is still a big part of the equation, so rest assured, our future will be “futuristic” in a tangible and implementable way. No one can dismiss the importance of technological advance in the way healthcare should be revised and applied, so it will also play a role in each of our solutions. The important thing to take away is that we are using all of the available social, technological, economical resources in order to develop a service fit for its target audience. There cannot be a “one size fits all approach”, and this will clearly be reflected in our Report.
Hoping that these brief words have sparked your interest, I will invite you to stay tuned to the Fifteen Years Forward Blog. New content coming soon.
Maria Carla Hartescu wrote from her experience in the student-led Health commission. She recently graduated with a Law degree and a Masters in Arts on Medical Ethics and Law. Edited by the social media team.