NHS organisations can use the NHS Identity on their commercial services if they wish, provided its use adheres to the NHS Identity principles. In particular, principle 6 must be met – ‘The NHS Identity cannot be used to generate profit unless there is a benefit to the NHS’.
There are two options: either to use the NHS organisation’s logo (as shown above left), or to create a NHS service logo (as shown above right).
The naming of commercial services should follow NHS naming principles. For example, they must include a geographic reference unless the NHS organisation can demonstrate that it is delivering a national commercial service.
If an NHS organisation wants to use their NHS organisation’s logo on any consumer products they sell they will need to request permission from NHS England’s national communications team. The case will be reviewed by the Brand Board. This is because it could confuse patients and the public, who may expect to get an NHS branded consumer product for free from the NHS or on prescription. In addition, people would expect such products to have been rigorously tested by the NHS and meet NHS quality standards, which may not actually be the case.