Public bodies

The Department of Health works with various public bodies including advisory bodies and arm’s length bodies (ALBs) such as executive agencies, special health authorities and non-departmental public bodies.

The shape and roles of DH public bodies is changing as part of the modernisation of health and care. For the news, information and conversations about the modernisation of health and care, visit

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