Our role

We work with partners to support the transformation of local services. We do this by providing evidence-based guidance about what's effective and cost efficient to help shape service provision across boundaries.

We also offer system leadership and encourage greater alignment across national bodies by ensuring our guidance is the 'go-to' source of evidence. We make sure that it's referenced by partners and other arm's-length bodies (ALBs). We also know that it's important to deliver consistent messages by linking with other ALBs at an early stage.

Partnerships and strategies

We've worked with national programme boards and partners to develop key national strategies and support tools.

NHS England and NHS Improvement

  • We have a continuing role in helping put into place the vision and commitments set out in the Five Year Forward View (5YFV) and NHS Long Term Plan. We help drive forward the use of the cancermaternity and mental health taskforce reports.
  • We're a member of the National Quality Board which published the Shared Commitment to Quality. This provides a nationally agreed definition of quality. It's also a guide for clinical and managerial leaders wanting to improve quality.
  • We're working with RightCare to embed our guidance and related products in the suite of RightCare intelligence products.
  • We're working with Get It Right First Time (GIRFT) to embed our guidance and products within their guidance and products. This supports their implementation within the system. 
  • We're a member of the National Improvement and Leadership Deveopment Board and contributed to Developing People - Improving care. This is a national framework to guide local, regional and national action on developing NHS-funded staff. 

Quality Matters

  • We're one of a number of national bodies that have supported the development of Quality Matters, a shared commitment to improve quality for everyone using, working in and supporting adult social care. We're committed to delivering actions in support of 4 of the 6 priorities.

Public Health England

Find out more about the Five Year Forward View

Cover of the NHS Five Year Forward View document
Get more information on the Five Year Forward View on the NHS website.

Find out more about the NHS Long Term Plan

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Get more information on the NHS Long Term Plan on the NHS website.