Foreword from our chair

NHS England is an independent organisation established by Parliament and charged with the stewardship of the NHS. We operate under a democratic mandate from government, and our mission, with our partners, is to improve health and secure high quality healthcare for the people of England, now and for future generations

Since 2019, NHS England and NHS Improvement have worked as a single organisation to better support the NHS to deliver improved care for patients. On 1 July 2022 we formally merged into a single body, NHS England, responsible for providing unified, national leadership for the NHS.

We have started a programme to bring together, from April 2023, NHS England, Health Education England and NHS Digital into a new single organisation with a shared purpose ‘To lead the NHS in England to deliver high-quality services for all’. The new NHS England will be an organisation that can speak with a single national voice, enabling and supporting change with the flexibility to respond quickly to changing demand, priorities and opportunities.

Our mandate from government sets out three key missions over the course of 2022/23: the continued COVID-19 response, recovery of the health system, and driving forward the transformation of services that will improve health and care outcomes. It is an ambitious programme and the NHS England Board will oversee its implementation to ensure we make real progress for the patients and populations we serve.

Together with my colleagues on the NHS England Board, I wish to place on record our deep appreciation for the extraordinary efforts of NHS staff across England in ensuring that the millions of people every day who use health services receive excellent care.

Richard Meddings, NHS England Chair.

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