Healthcare sector: key facts and resources—checklist
Healthcare sector: key facts and resources—checklist

The following Local Government practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Healthcare sector: key facts and resources—checklist
  • Key healthcare bodies in England
  • Some recent developments
  • Legislation, regulation, guidance
  • Legislation, regulations
  • Guidance

Key healthcare bodies in England

Department of Health (DH) and Secretary of State for HealthA Ministerial Department which also supports 15 Arms Length Bodies and a number of other Executive Agencies and Non-Departmental Public Bodies. In general, the DH provides:
  1. direction for the National Health Service (NHS) and also the wider healthcare system

  2. stewards the health and care system so it is delivering the right things for patients, service users and the public

  3. creates national policies and influences global leadership in health and care policy

  4. provides leadership around values and common purpose

Since the Health and Social Care Act 2012 (HSCA 2012) came into force, the role of DH is now less about direct interaction and more about leading, shaping and funding the health care system.
The Secretary of State for Health has ultimate responsibility for provision of comprehensive health service in England.
Individual Regulatory Bodies and the Professional Standards Authority (PSA)The PSA oversees the nine health and care professional regulatory bodies which are particular to a speciality or group of clinicians (as listed below). Each regulator is required to run a 'fitness to practice' process in respect of handling complaints made about healthcare professionals. Serious cases are referred to formal hearings in front of 'fitness to practice' committees and the PSA then reviews decisions made by the committees.

The nine

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