Confused about the Health System?

Are you confused about the health system and who does what?

The NHS employs over 1.7 million people and has been subject to many changes over the past few years. The Department of Health has produced a guide to try and explain a bit more.


The new health and care system becomes fully operational from 1 April to deliver the ambitions set out in the Health and Social Care Act. NHS England, Public Health England, the NHS Trust Development Authority and Health Education England will take on their full range of responsibilities.

Locally, clinical commissioning groups – made up of doctors, nurses and other professionals – will buy services for patients, while local councils formally take on their new roles in promoting public health. Health and wellbeing boards will bring together local organisations to work in partnership and Healthwatch will provide a powerful voice for patients and local communities.

To find out more, click here to go to the Department of Health website.