70 Years of the NHS NHS Kingston

National policy

Background and context

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 set out a new vision for the NHS in England. Key elements included:

  • Establishing a health and wellbeing board in every local authority to support joint working on health and well-being between NHS commissioners and local authorities
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups assuming commissioning functions from Primary Care Trusts to manage the bulk of the NHS budget.

  • A new National Commissioning Board (NHS England) to hold commissioning groups to account, and commission other primary care practitioners.

  • Patient and Public Engagement. The health and social care bill outlined the importance of patient involvement in shaping services . New arrangements for public and patient engagement included the creation of a national body (HealthWatch England) to sit within the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and local HealthWatch, based on existing Local Involvement Networks (LINks).

    HealthWatch took on responsibility for advocacy and signposting patients to the right services. In Kingston we work closely with Healthwatch to take forward plans for healthcare in the borough. Visit the Have Your Say section to find out more.
  • Public health. At a national level, a new organisation called Public Health England was established to set challenging national objectives. At a local level, councils took over responsibility for public health services from 1 April 2013. 

Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group, 2nd floor, Thames House,
180 High Street, Teddington, TW11 8HU
Tel: 020 39419900
Email: kingstonccg.communications@swlondon.nhs.uk

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