As part of the changes to the NHS brought about by the Health and Social Care Act 2012, Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) and Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs) ceased to exist on 31 March 2013. Their responsibilities were taken over by a range of new organisations, some of which are detailed below:
For further details please see www.dh.gov.uk/health/2012/06/act-explained/, click on the links below, or find out more about the new structures at NHS Choices.
Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) - Made up of local GPs, nurses and other professionals are responsible for commissioning services for local communities. NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group plans and funds health services for Somerset.
Commissioning Support Units (CSUs) - Provide professional advice and support to CCGs and other customers
NHS England - At the heart of the new health and care system making sure that NHS services deliver the best possible care for patients
Department of Health - Sets objectives and budgets and holds the system to account on behalf of the Secretary of State
NHS Trust Development Authority - Supporting NHS trusts to secure sustainable, high quality services for the patients and communities it serves
Public Health England - Provides public health leadership and expertise, and works to improve the nation's health and wellbeing, and to reduce health inequalities
Health Education England - Responsible for the education, training and development of the healthcare workforce
NHS Choices - Provides information on conditions, treatments, local services and healthly living
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