The NHS was 65 years old on 5 July. In that time, our health system has undergone profound change, with the recent Health and Social Care Act introducing the most wide-ranging reforms since the NHS was founded in 1948.
Watch and listen to the brand new animation by The King’s Fund, an independent charity working to improve health and health care in England, which gives a whistle-stop tour of where the NHS is now – how the new organisations work and fit together – and explains that the new system is as much a product of politics and circumstance as design.
The inspiration for the animation was a session delivered to groups of clinicians as part of The King’s Fund’s leadership development programmes. Clinicians said how useful the session was – whilst being experts in their own part of the health system, they were less clear about how the whole, complex system fits together. The animation aims to bring the essence of this session to a wider audience – an introduction to the new NHS in 6.5 minutes.