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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Health horizons

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

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Sustaining high quality care in financially restricted times is a critical concern for all trust boards and clinicians. NHS Providers supports our members to deliver effective leadership and assurance that supports continuous improvement in quality of care, and provides practical tools and resources for trusts to share and spread best practice.

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Proportionate, risk-based regulation is crucial to building public confidence in the NHS. It involves multiple organisations holding NHS providers to account for quality of care, finance and governance. As well as ensuring the sector works in the best interest of patients, by promoting patient choice and integrating services.

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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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