From three into one

20 April 2023
Volume 32 · Issue 8

The recent merger of Health Education England, NHS Digital and NHS England into a single organisation represents a significant development in the provision of healthcare services in England. The move is intended to streamline operations, improve efficiency, and ultimately enhance patient care. However, the merger also raises questions about the impact on healthcare providers and the delivery of healthcare services.

One of the primary responsibilities of the newly formed organisation is to ensure that the healthcare workforce possesses the appropriate skills and values necessary to deliver exceptional healthcare and health improvement to patients and the public. This includes ensuring that healthcare providers are equipped with the knowledge, skills and tools needed to provide high-quality care to patients. The merger will enable NHS England to take on the responsibilities previously held by Health Education England, such as the development of training programmes and continuing professional development opportunities for healthcare providers.

In addition to workforce development, the merger is also expected to have an impact on the way in which healthcare providers access and use patient data. As an organisation responsible for operating critical national IT systems, NHS England will play a central role in the management and analysis of patient data. This means that healthcare providers will have increased access to patient information, enabling them to provide more personalised care that is tailored to the specific needs of each patient.

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