Adam Ratliff: 4.25 minute read

What we hope to see in 2021

  • A roadmap out of the Coronavirus pandemic
  • A positive conclusion to Brexit negotiations
  • A focus on working cohesively
  • A spotlight on technological adoption
  • A shared goal to bring the nation together and place the most vulnerable first.

We are in this together.

A shared desire to move on from the core problems that have plagued this nation for the last few years is what we hope 2021 will bring. A shared desire to move beyond the arguments against and embrace the arguments for.

How we can make Brexit work, bring health and care together and look after the most vulnerable. These are the questions that we want to see answered and will support those that care, to do their jobs in the best way possible.

A roadmap out of the Coronavirus pandemic

COVID-19 overtook Brexit as the number one societal consideration for the United Kingdom in March. The global pandemic swept across this country and fundamentally altered the way we live our lives.

We are now nine months on from the initial arrival in the United Kingdom. We are a year on from the initial outbreak and we now have a vaccine. The NHS is currently coordinating its distribution, with the first recipients being provided with their first dose this week.

What we are all desperate for right now is an updated roadmap, following on from the distribution. The last time that the Government’s Roadmap was updated was the 24th July 2020. Whilst we understand that it is difficult to plan when you are concentrating on reducing the loss of life, we now have a vaccine and therefore need a plan.

With the planned release of restrictions at Christmas, it is obvious that people are fed up. They want to get back to their lives and how they have been used to living them. Their patience ebbs away further each day and with the knowledge of a vaccine, patience will reduce even more.

All of this is understandable and a roadmap at the start of the year, following on from the end of the Brexit transition period would give everyone focus. 

A positive conclusion to Brexit negotiations

As of publishing this article (10.12.20), the Brexit negotiations are continuing forward in circles.

'If at first you don't succeed you can try and try.

But eventually, sometimes, failure is what follows.

That now seems the likely outcome of months of talks designed to create a smooth path for the country towards a different future - a deal that, in theory, would ease the junction from membership of a huge trading bloc to a world outside.'
Brexit: Trade deal now looking remote, BBC News

The stalemate has existed for the past few months, which then suggests that the inevitable result will be a no-deal Brexit. This is something that many predict will have vastly negative consequences when it comes to this nation’s future. That is unproven.

In terms of a no-deal Brexit, a Brexit that results in a deal or a soft Brexit, that is not for us to decide. We have placed our future in this area with Boris Johnson and the Conservative government. In them we must trust.

All that we hope is that as much as possible, the future of this nation will be protected. Access to the Coronavirus vaccine will not be reduced, opportunities for the youth will not be diminished and those who are vulnerable will be supported. We hope that the negotiations leave a positive outcome for the people. 

A focus on working cohesively

Working together to improve outcomes has been discussed for years. Since the tragedy that was Baby P, the government has placed a priority on multi-agency working to share information. The reason for Baby P was that each agency had a piece of the puzzle but without a central location and means in which to share the information, Baby P was left between the cracks.

We wholeheartedly agree with the sharing of information in a constructive and secure manner. We need to ensure that health and care data is protected. We need to be able to have complete confidence that the right information is shared at the right time to ensure that the most vulnerable are protected.

The NHS is currently undergoing a digital revolution and has a shared focus on social care to work closer together. We hope that this continues in 2021 in order for the people of this nation to reap the benefits. Only good things can come from these two entities working closer together.

A spotlight on technological adoption

The NHS is undergoing a technical revolution. This has been a focus of the NHS over the last year and is something that we hope continues at pace in the New Year.

The current pandemic is a priority, but we need to ensure that one eye is kept on the future. 2022 will emerge as much as the sun will rise and set. These are certainties in life and so we need to be prepared.

The pandemic showed us that working remotely is of benefit as it ensures that work can be rolled out at pace. Data can be shared at the click of a button and shared with those who need access.

What we need moving on from the pandemic is shared working, a hybrid approach. We need access to technological solutions that help to continue to advance human collaboration. We need access to workspaces, alongside the ability to work from anywhere, at any time, when the need arises. The keyword covering this consideration is flexibility.

A shared goal to bring the nation together and place the most vulnerable first

“The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.”

We continue to come back to this quote as it personifies everything about this world that we strive to achieve. We need to ensure that we are doing the right thing and always focus on making life easier for those who are vulnerable. We have a responsibility to the next generation to leave a better world behind.

We hope that from the pandemic, we will learn as a society. We hope that the overflow of volunteers that the NHS received is an indication of how this nation feels. The healing process from the pandemic will take years and we need to ensure that we do not take our eye off the ball.

2021 is a chance to turn a negative into a positive and use the post-pandemic, post-Brexit world as one that unites this nation. We can turn this staithe into positivity that drives us all forward to create a better tomorrow. 

A final thought

We hope for a better world in 2021. We hope to see a nation united in its goal to support the most vulnerable and to find an identity for ourselves post-Brexit. We trust that next year will begin the healing process and create a better world in its wake.

We have many hopes as an organisation for 2021. At the centre of all of our hopes is technological adoption. We hope that this will continue at pace as the future is dominated by technology. We need to ensure that we are ready to connect.

Health and social care need to continue with its push for technological revolution as this is what will create efficiencies, save money and ultimately save lives. We believe that 2021 will be a better year, a year full of hope and change, and one in which the most vulnerable are placed first.