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NHS

The UK healthcare sector has risen to the COVID-19 pandemic challenge, mobilising resources to support the front line. However, challenges do remain.

Sector trends & challenges

  • Waiting lists & sustainability

    Care homes have lost significant income since the pandemic began, whilst also incurring rising costs. Fortunately, private operators have supported the NHS to help maintain some level of elective activity over this period.

  • Elective recovery

    COVID-19 has made it very challenging to maintain elective activity. Waiting lists have risen to levels which may take years to clear.   

  • Financial sustainability

    Whilst there may be increased levels of funding to support the NHS going forward, there will remain an expectation to achieve long-term financial sustainability.

Sector rating profile

Whilst there is currently little focus on financial sustainability, it is expected that in FY21/22 this focus may return.

NHS

The UK healthcare sector has risen to the challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, mobilising resources to support the front line and bring the UK out of the crisis. However, other challenges still remain.

Care homes have lost significant income since the pandemic began, whilst also incurring rising costs. Fortunately, private operators have supported the NHS to help maintain some level of elective activity over this period. Private health providers may need to understand how to cost base to lower income if the NHS provision persists into the medium-term.

Globally, there will be more investment in healthcare, with the healthcare supply chain underpinned by increased demand. In the UK, there may be a trend towards insourcing some services amidst increased political focus on social care provision. Public healthcare organisations will need to find efficiencies and ways to reduce waste, particularly as pressure from the pandemic eases.

Underinvestment is a common theme across the sector and presently there are limited funds to invest in infrastructure. In addition, new technology and systems need to be integrated in hospitals. Patient data for example is often manual and systems are disconnected.

Whilst there may be increased levels of funding to support the NHS going forward, there will remain an expectation to achieve long-term financial sustainability. This means that public healthcare organisations will need to find efficiencies and ways to reduce waste, particularly as pressure from the pandemic eases.

Find Your Expert

Craig Masters is Interpath Lead for Public Sector, which includes the NHS as one of four core segments. Rob Arthur leads our approach to our work with the NHS nationally, supported by Nigel Carr. For a full list of our senior people with experience in this sector use the button below.

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