Our Constitution

Published on 19 Jul, 2016

The NHS is founded on a common set of principles and values. Our Constitution sets out the rights and responsibilities of patients, the public and staff along with the plans we have committed to achieve.

Our Constitution is one of our pillars of governance. It describes the arrangements in place to discharge our statutory duties and functions and includes the relationships between our Council of Representatives, our Governing Body and our core management processes for:

  • electing and appointing members;
  • our conduct of business;
  • accountabilities and decision making;
  • managing conflicts of interest.

Periodic review of the constitution is a routine function to ensure that our governance arrangements remain fit for purpose.

We recently proposed changes to the constitution and invited patients and members of the public to give their views. This resulted in a refreshed Constitution.

Guidance and the approvals process for our Constitution are available at the NHS England website.


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