Healthcare who’s who

Healthcare who’s who

The health and care landscape has always been complicated to understand, but the changes to the NHS architecture made in April 2013 introduced a myriad of new bodies and service commissioners that community pharmacy now has to deal with. This section of the website explains the role of the new bodies and their relevance to community pharmacy.

The links below will take you to website pages describing the role of the main bodies in the healthcare landscape. 

Resources for LPCs and pharmacy teams

In order to assist LPCs in communicating information about the changes to their community pharmacy contractors, PSNC developed a template document to which local information on commissioners can be added by LPCs prior to sharing it with contractors; the template document was sent to LPCs in March 2013. A PSNC PowerPoint presentation which summarises the new health and care environment is available for use at local contractor and LPC meetings:

Pharmacy’s new commissioners – A simplified guide to the new healthcare system (PowerPoint)

Pharmacy’s new commissioners – A simplified guide to the new healthcare system (PDF)

NHS England published Understanding the new NHS – A guide for everyone working and training within the NHS in June 2014.  This brief booklet has been written by five doctors in training and it outlines the organisations, systems and processes that define, sustain and regulate the NHS. As such the document provides a quick guide for community pharmacy teams that want to refresh their knowledge of how the NHS works.

The Department of Health’s Guide to the Healthcare System in England is an alternative resource which describes the new healthcare system and the main bodies which operate within it. It will be a useful educational/CPD resource for pharmacy contractors, pharmacists and pre-registration students.

The House of Commons Library  briefing, The structure of the NHS in England, provides an overview of the funding and accountability relationships under the new system, (The Health and Social Care Act 2012 introduced major reforms to the NHS structure in England, with many provisions under the Act coming into force on 1 April 2013) and an introduction to the roles of key organisations. The briefing also highlights some of the key health policy issues for the current Parliament, including patient safety, funding, and the integration of health and social care.

Regional Voices Who’s Who in the Regions – key local healthcare contact details 

The King’s Fund – How is the new NHS structured? (Apr 2016)

National leadership bodies

Commissioners and local organisations

Regulators and public voice

Other bodies

DH health and care system infographic

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