The Prevention Revolution: transforming health & social care

The ACEVO Taskforce on Prevention in Health was established in 2012 to examine ways to encourage a shift in focus and investment towards preventative health and care provision. It is widely accepted that the NHS needs to do things differently in order to adapt to long-term changes in demand and a constrained funding environment. An ageing population and increased prevalence of long-term health conditions will place ever greater pressure on NHS finances and social care budgets over the coming years. Meeting this challenge requires much greater focus on the provision of integrated, preventative care and support, capable of addressing the wider determinants of health, supporting better self-management of conditions, and reducing the need for treatment in acute settings. This report sets out a number of key recommendations aimed at achieving a ‘Prevention Revolution’ in health and care provision.

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