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.

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

The King’s Fund – Animation – How does the NHS in England work? (Oct 2017)

The King’s Fund – How is the new NHS structured? (Oct 2017)

What is commissioning and how is it changing? (King’s Fund, September 2017)

PSNC presentation – a simple guide to the health and care system (PowerPoint)

PSNC presentation – a simple guide to the health and care system (PDF)

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.

King’s Fund

Nuffield Trust

The Health Foundation

NHS Confederation

Other bodies

DHSC health and care system infographic

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