Healthcare who’s who
Healthcare who’s who
The new health and care system became fully operational from 1st April 2013 to deliver the ambitions set out in the Health and Social Care Act. The health and care landscape has always been complicated to understand, and the changes to the NHS architecture introduced a myriad of new bodies and service commissioners that community pharmacy deals with.
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
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 and Social Care’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.
National leadership bodies
Commissioners and local organisations
Regulators and public voice
Health policy commentators, think tanks and charities
The links below are for the websites of organisations that regularly issue policy documents or other materials on health policy issues.
DHSC health and care system infographic
The Department of Health and Social Care’s interactive infographic for the health and care system provides a visual overview of the system.