This updated guide, from NHS England, clarifies the structure and function of the NHS, reflecting changes from the Health and Social Care Act 2012. Topic headings include:
- The NHS belongs to us all.
- Foreword (Sir Bruce Keogh).
- NHS values.
- NHS values and the NHS Constitution.
- An overview of the Health and Social Care Act 2012.
- Structure of the NHS in England.
- The structure of the NHS in England.
- Finance in the NHS: your questions answered.
- Running the NHS.
- Commissioning in the NHS.
- Delivering NHS services.
- Health and wellbeing in the NHS.
- Monitoring the NHS.
- Lessons learned and taking responsibility.
- Regulation and monitoring in the NHS.
- Working in the NHS.
- Better training, better care.
- NHS leadership.
- Leading healthcare excellence.
- Quality and innovation in the NHS.
- High-quality care for all.
- The NHS in the United Kingdom.
- The NHS in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland.
Taylor, F. Gauher, S. [and] Johnson, L. [et al] (2014). Understanding the new NHS: a guide for everyone working and training within the NHS. London: NHS England / NHS England National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellows 2013/14, June 26th 2014.
Possibly also of interest (for people who prefer to pay for information):
The concise NHS handbook. London [Online]: NHS Confederation, May 2014.
An Impressionistic Tapestry of NHS Employees’ Roles, Rather Than Institutional Structures
BBC 5 Live’s Nick Garnett presented a video profile illustrating the scale and multiplicity of the NHS services which employ 1.5 million people. A clinical records library manager and medical librarian, among many other roles, are mentioned fleetingly.
Garnett, N. (2017). ‘Who’ is the NHS? 5 Live ‘In Short’ series. London: BBC 5 Live, March 31st 2017.