This Department of Health guide explains the overall structure of the NHS, following the Health and Social Care Act 2012. It summarises the main organisations in the healthcare system and how their roles are intended to work together. The accountability statement explains how decision-making in the NHS operates and relates to the NHS Constitution (Principle 7: The NHS is accountable to the public, communities and patients).
The main section headings in the “Guide to the Healthcare System in England” report cover the following topics:
- Introduction: What is the NHS?
- Providing care.
- Commissioning care.
- Safeguarding patients.
- Empowering patients and local communities.
- Education and training.
- Supporting providers of care.
- The Secretary of State for Health.
- Statement of NHS Accountability.
Guide to the healthcare system in England: including the statement of NHS accountability, for England; May 2013. London: Department of Health, April / May 2013.
Note: Readers may also be interested in the Nuffield Trust’s slideshow.
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 7, May 2013].