The plan draws on advice from frontline health and care staff, patient groups and others, also aims to improve value for money in the NHS by introducing new digital techniques and making back office savings of more than £700m.
On top of this, it claims that primary care networks will "attract and fund additional staff" - initially focusing on clinical pharmacists, link workers, physiotherapists and physician associates, before moving onto other staff such as community paramedics.
The experts who wrote the plan say it will lead to 150,000 heart attacks, strokes and dementia cases prevented, 55,000 more people surviving cancer each year - in all, half a million lives saved over the next ten years.
"And it sets a practical, costed, phased route map for the NHS's priorities for care quality and outcomes improvement for the decade ahead".
"'It is welcome that the Government is beginning to recognise the importance of prevention and must now ensure that these plans are deliverable, sustainable, and serve the long-term needs of the public", he said.
Emma Greenwood, Cancer Research UK's director of policy and public affairs, said the scale of the challenge was "huge", warning that the promises made could not be achieved unless major efforts were made to address "desperate" shortages of staff in services such as radiology.
As part of this initiative, NHS 111 will refer on to community pharmacies who support urgent care and promote patient self-care and self-management from 2019, along with direct booking into GP practices across the country.
In respiratory care, smart inhalers will be piloted and there will be increased investment in earlier detection and better treatment of conditions to reduce hospital admissions.
- The NHS will become the first health service in the world to offer whole genome sequencing for children with cancer to help target treatment specifically at their needs.
In an effort to "improve the effectiveness" of public health approaches, such as NHS health checks, NHS England will work with community pharmacists, voluntary sector partners and Global Positioning System to test patients for "high-risk conditions", such as high blood pressure, raised cholesterol and atrial fibrillation, it said in the document.
Whilst we welcome the commitment to providing safer and more precise treatments, part of the problem of poor access to treatments is not just advancing treatments to come to market but also enabling already marketed treatments to get to patients quicker. It is good to see an NHS plan that looks beyond the political cycle and towards what is best for the health of our nation. "Only by removing the requirement to put service out to tender, can local systems work together to ensure cohesive patient-centred healthcare", he said.
NHS Confederation chief executive Niall Dickson said: "We very much welcome the increased funding for the NHS and the vision to strengthen and improve services". A second facility, which will be operated in partnership between the Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and gambling addiction charity GamCare, will open in April this year.
The Government has committed to prioritising spending on primary care through the NHS long-term plan published today (7 January).
The Government had already reported that within the next five years, "every patient in England will have a new right to choose digital-first primary care - usually from their own practice or, if they prefer, from one of the new digital GP providers". Despite the 2bn increase to the existing £12bn a year now spent on mental health services in England, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPS) previously expressed concern that this figure is only half what is needed for the NHS to put spending more on par with that of physical health.
All in all, Mr Speaker, the NHS Long Term Plan has been drawn up by the NHS: by over 2,500 doctors, clinicians, staff, and patients.