Health and Social Care Act explained

A series of factsheets on the Health and Social Care Act 2012 explain particular topics contained in the Act, including its key themes. They include case studies of the policy in action, or answer frequently asked questions about the topic.

The factsheets were first published in October 2011 and have since been updated to reflect the changes made during the Act’s Parliamentary passage.

Case for change
Overview of health and care structures
Scrutiny and improvements

Key policy areas in the Act

Clinically-led commissioning
Provider regulation to support innovative and efficient services
Greater voice for patients
New focus for public health
Greater accountabilty locally and nationally
Modernising health and care public bodies
Support worker regulation

Cross-cutting themes of the Bill

Improving quality of care
Tackling inequalities in healthcare
Promoting better integration of health and care services
Choice and competition
The role of the Secretary of State
Reconfiguration of services
Establishing new national bodies
Embedding research as a core function of the health service
Education and training

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