What is the NHS Mandate?

NHS England is the independent organisation now responsible for managing the budget and the day to day workings of the NHS. It supports clinical commissioning groups to improve patient care.

To make sure the taxpayer has a say in how this money is spent, the Government provides direction and ambitions for the NHS through a document called ‘the Mandate’.

By listening to the needs of patients, carers and families, NHS England is responsible for deciding the best way to achieve these ambitions, working across the health and social care system.

The Mandate is published every year to make sure it is up-to-date, but it also sets long term ambitions to make sure the NHS is always there and always improving. NHS England must try to achieve these ambitions and the Secretary of State for Health will hold them to account for improving care for people.


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