Our Constitution

Published on 20 November 2018

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.

Read a copy of our Constitution:

We recently proposed changes to our Constitution which were approved by NHS England on 14 November 2018.  Our Constitution can be accessed here.

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


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