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NHS Constitution

The NHS Constitution brings together in one place, what staff, patients and the public can expect from the NHS. It sets out the principles and values of the NHS and explains a number of rights, pledges and responsibilities for staff and patients alike.

The key document to read is the NHS Constitution. This is accompanied by The Handbook to the NHS Constitution which gives more detail of each of the rights, pledges, responsibilities, expectations and values. There is also a useful guide which gives more background information and explains the parts of the Constitution that are relevant to you.

The promises the NHS makes to you

The NHS also makes certain pledges to you, which it is committed to achieving. These go above and beyond your legal rights and are a commitment to provide high-quality services.

What the NHS needs from you in return

The NHS is a vital resource and we can all help it work effectively, and ensure resources are used responsibly. The NHS Constitution explains the ways in which you can do this, including:

  • Recognising that you can make a significant contribution to your own, your family’s good health & wellbeing, and taking some personal responsibility for it
  • Registering with a GP practice
  • Following courses of treatment you’ve agreed to
  • Always treating NHS staff and other patients with respect
  • Keeping GP and hospital appointments – or if you have to cancel, doing so in good time
  • Giving feedback – both positive and negative – about treatment you’ve received
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