An online platform which aims to provide targeted information for patients waiting for elective surgeries and give them extra support and transparency is due to be launched by the NHS.

The aim of My Planned Care is to ensure patients are better supported ahead of their planned surgery. Patients and their carers will be given access to tailored information and personalised plans developed in partnership with clinicians. This will include details of waiting times for their provider to ensure full transparency.

Ahead of elective surgery, NHS patients can be given the most appropriate personalised support to help them prepare. This could include advice on prevention services such as stop smoking or diet and exercise plans.

The move will help to ensure that patients are as fit as possible for surgery so that cancellations are minimised, deterioration in a patient’s condition is prevented and patients are in the best shape possible to aid their post-surgery recovery.

Sajid Javid, health and social care secretary, said: “At the height of the pandemic the NHS rightly focused on treating covid-19 patients, but sadly it has meant waiting lists have risen – and the covid backlog is going to keep rising.

“This platform, combined with our record funding to tackle the backlog and invest in innovative diagnosis and treatment will help us ensure access to life changing care and support for people no matter who they are or where they live.”

Patients will be able to access the new platform when it goes live via NHS.UK, and the information will be available at any point in the patient care pathway. Longer-term it is expected that the service will be moved so it’s delivered through the NHS App.

The launch of the platform is part of a wider plan to tackle the backlog of elective care resulting from the covid-19 pandemic. As well as My Planned Care, the NHS is also rolling out more than 100 community diagnostic centres and additional surgical hubs, thanks to billions of pounds of extra investment.

The NHS has provided over £34 billion extra to help fund reforms in health and care services in response to the Covid pandemic. Of that, £1.5 billion was earmarked to tackle elective surgery, which includes £500 million capital funding to increase theatre capacity and the use of technology.