NHS Providers' policy development and influencing work is focused on promoting and protecting our members' interests against the backdrop of a rapidly changing health service and an extremely challenging financial context.

Our policy solutions are grounded in practice, developed in partnership with our members, and based on a wide-ranging knowledge of member needs and how the system works. Working closely with government, parliamentarians and industry regulators, our understanding of policy-making and the political context ensures that the voice of NHS public providers is heard at the highest levels.

Delivery and performance

The NHS is one of the most measured organisations in the world and its performance comes under intense scrutiny.

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NHS providers are facing intense financial pressure, with how their services are paid for and how much they cost under ever greater scrutiny. The funding gap facing the NHS is having a material impact on frontline providers and the services they are able to offer to patients.

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Boards of foundation trusts and trusts face a range of complex challenges and demands. NHS Providers has a vital role in supporting boards as they respond to a challenging policy and financial environment.

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Transforming care

NHS provider boards are developing new ways of working together and delivering care to meet present and future challenges, improve care quality and deliver sustainable services in a tough financial context.

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Proportionate, risk-based regulation plays an important role in building public confidence in the NHS. Two main regulators hold NHS providers to account for the quality of care they deliver and how they are run. NHS Improvement also ensures that the sector works in the best interests of patients by promoting patient choice and integrating services to provide seamless care.

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NHS Providers is the national representative for NHS foundation trusts and trusts, setting out their views on the issues and priorities for the sector. We do this by working with the government, NHS public bodies, parliamentarians and a wide range of stakeholder organisations.

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Over a million people in England work for the NHS, providing high quality care every day. Government, NHS arm's length bodies, unions, professional colleges, and regulators all have a role to play in workforce matters and employment relations. But NHS provider boards must have the autonomy to fulfil their responsibilities in leading confident, well-run organisations and supporting, developing, and empowering their workforces.

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On 23 June 2016 the UK voted to leave the European Union. In March 2017, then prime minister Theresa May, invoked Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, triggering negotiations on the terms of the UK’s withdrawal and the nature of its future relationship with the EU. A deal was agreed in November 2018 but this was not passed by parliament, resulting in an extension to the Article 50 process, the resignation of Theresa May and the appointment of Boris Johnson. Mr Johnson negotiated a revised deal and although the associated bill passed its second reading in the House of Commons, parliament did not approve the condensed timetable for the remaining stages. A further Article 50 extension was granted in October 2019 and, the government now both committed to delivering Brexit and with a significant parliamentary minority, a general election was called. The current date for the UK to leave the EU is 31 January 2020.

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