This government wants to help everyone to be able to enjoy the independence, security and good health that being in work can bring.
We know that the right type of work is good for an individual’s physical and mental health. Work can bring other benefits - introduce a sense of purpose, raise...More
The Government’s aim is for England to be the best place in the world for people with dementia, their families and carers to live and the best place to undertake research into dementia.
We want to hear first-hand from people with dementia, their families and carers if we are making a...More
This consultation seeks views on proposals to introduce a system of Fixed Recoverable Costs (FRC) for lower value clinical negligence claims. The FRC scheme will apply across the NHS, not-for-profit and private healthcare providers in England and Wales. It will not apply to Scotland or Northern...More
The Certificate of Vision Impairment (CVI) form and the 'Explanatory notes for consultant ophthalmologists and hospital eye clinic staff in England' (ENs) has been updated by a group of stakeholders led by the Department of Health and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists to clarify who should be...More
We want NHS staff to learn from their experiences as care givers, including from any mistakes they may have made. Sometimes staff fear that they will be blamed for making mistakes, which makes them reluctant to discuss their experiences. We therefore want to create a ‘safe space’ – where...More
The Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016, which implement the Tobacco Products Directive 2014/40/EU, require businesses to notify of the placing on the UK market of tobacco and herbal products for smoking and require the testing of cigarettes for levels of tar, nicotine and carbon...More
There are two schemes which make payments to armed forces veterans who have been injured on active service. Currently the two schemes are treated differently by local authorities when making a financial assessment to determine what a person can afford to contribute to the costs of their care and...More
The Care Act 2014 placed a duty on the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to carry out performance assessments of providers of health and adult social care services. The summary of these performance assessments would be provided in the form of a rating.
Since the CQC began publishing ratings in...More
This consultation seeks views on the proposed health data security standards and the consent/opt-outs model. We would like to hear from health and care professionals and organisations and the public.
The consultation follows an independent review of data security and consent by National Data...More
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Informal carers (also called unpaid carers) are people who look after family members, friends, neighbours or others because of long-term physical or mental ill health or disability, or care needs related to old age. This does not...More
The government announced in the 2015 Spending Review that from 1 August 2017, all new nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students will receive funding and financial support through the standard student support system rather than through the current NHS bursary scheme.
Purpose of the Review
The Department of Health routinely holds PHE to account in line with the Department of Health accountability framework and, as noted above, this review is part of a wider programme that the Department has developed as part of its stewardship and assurance function. The...More
The Department of Health wants your views on the proposals to make changes to the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s governing legislation through changes to the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001. These proposed address three objectives:
1. Remove statutory midwifery supervision provisions
The changes proposed in this consultation will introduce a death certification process involving a unified system of scrutiny by independent medical examiners of all deaths that do not need to be investigated by a coroner. The proposals form part of the action programme in response to...More
T his consultation seeks views on proposed changes to medicines legislation in four different areas. The propsoals aim to:
1. Enable all pharmacies to make use of 'hub and spoke' dispensing models (in which another pharmacy does part of the dispensing process allowing for more efficient...More
This consultation seeks views on the proposed reforms to the infected blood payment schemes.
Since 1988, government has voluntarily provided support for people affected by HIV and/or hepatitis C through treatment with NHS-supplied blood or blood products.
The Department of Health is aware...More
Current low risk alcohol guidelines for adults have been unchanged since 1995. Guidelines on alcohol and pregnancy last changed in 2007. The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee recommended in 2012 that the UK Chief Medical Officers (UK CMOs), led by Dame Sally Davies, should review...More
Everyone has access to the NHS. But in order for it to be affordable everyone must make a fair contribution. Overseas visitors and migrants are already charged for the cost of any healthcare they receive in hospital. It is fair that people who are in this country for a short time should meet the...More
The Health and Social Care Act 2008 provides the Care Quality Commission (CQC) with a power to charge fees for the registration of health and adult social care providers of regulated activities. CQC’s new comprehensive inspections consider the quality and safety of care above and beyond whether...More
By 2020 there will be 16 million more jobs in the EU requiring highly skilled professionals  such as healthcare professionals. To meet this demand, it is essential that the mechanism to recognise qualifications of mobile professionals is fast and effective.
The introduction of the...More
This consultation seeks views on the roles and functions of the statutory National Data Guardian for Health and Social Care. The responses will form a major part of the development for more detailed proposals to establish the National Data Guardian for Health and Social Care on a statutory...More
The Department of Health is consulting on proposals to strengthen the arrangements for controlling the cost of branded medicines to the health service. The aim is to keep the Statutory Pricing Scheme in broad alignment with the voluntary Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme 2014 to allow...More
The mandate to NHS England sets the government’s objectives for NHS England, as well as its budget. In doing so, the mandate sets direction for the NHS, and helps ensure the NHS is accountable to Parliament and the public.
In accordance with the Health and Social Care Act 2012, the Secretary...More
In July 2015 the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health, announced the Government’s intention to create a new independent patient safety investigation service (IPSIS). Operating from April 2016, IPSIS will offer support and guidance to health and care provider organisations...More
Children and young people's continuing care is needed when a child or young person has complex needs which cannot be met by routinely commissioned universal or specialised services. This framework is intended to provide guidance for clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and local authorities on the...More
The RO Guidance provides a framework that responsible officers have a statutory obligation to have regard to under the ‘Medical Profession (Responsible Officers) Regulations 2010’. The guidance relates to the role of responsible officers nominated or appointed by bodies designated under the...More
The Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF) sets out a high-level overview of public health outcomes, at national and local level, supported by a broad set of indicators. The indicators cover the full spectrum of what is understood as public health and what can be measured at the moment.
This is a public consultation regarding the governance of the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC), for those with an interest in professional regulation or osteopathy.
We are seeking views on the proposal that aims to reduce the size of the GOsC’s governing council (the board), by making...More
This consultation is about proposals to revise the objection mechanism to the pricing method for NHS services in England, which applies when proposals for the national tariff are published for consultation.
The Health and Social Care Act 2012 (the Act) introduced a new independent,...More
The Health and Social Care Act 2012 and the Care Act 2014 have devolved functions and powers away from the Department of Health to local and Arm’s Length Bodies.
The Department has a stewardship and assurance role in respect of arm’s length bodies within the health and care system. The...More