A consultation to inform an update of the NHS Constitution

Closed 8 Apr 2015

Opened 11 Feb 2015

Feedback Updated 27 Jul 2015

We Asked

How the NHS Constitution could be updated to better reflect changes to policy, and therefore make the NHS Constitution more meaningful to patients and staff. These changes included reflecting; • a more transparent and accessible NHS; • Sir Robert Francis QC’s recommendations from his Inquiry Report; • a series of fundamental standards; • a greater prominence on mental health; and • the Armed Forces Covenant.

You Said

Overall you agreed with our proposals. You often highlighted the importance of their inclusion in a revised version of the NHS Constitution, particularly in light of the failings at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. However, at times you felt that we could improve the clarity of certain additions, and provide further information on what each addition entails.

We Did

We have published our Government response outlining amendments made to the proposals as a result of the public consultation, alongside updated versions of both the NHS Constitution, and Handbook to the NHS Constitution. Where applicable, we have explained the rationale behind each amendment, and provided further clarity and information on each addition within the Handbook.

Results Updated 27 Jul 2015



We are consulting on how to update the NHS Constitution.

The main changes proposed cover: 

  • Mental health
  • Francis Recommendations
  • Fundamental standards
  • Transparency
  • Armed Forces Covenant


Responses to the consultation will feed into a revised version of the NHS Constitution, which will be published in 2015.

The closing date for comments is 8th April 2015


What Happens Next

Many thanks for providing us with your views. Once the consultation is closed, all responses will be analysed. This analysis will feed into a revised version of the NHS Constitution, which will be published later in 2015.


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