Arm’s length bodies

The Department of Health works with various arm’s length bodies (ALBs). There are three kinds of ALB:

  • Executive agencies – these have responsibility for particular business areas, but are still part of, and accountable to, the Department
  • Special health authorities – these are independent bodies, but can be subject to ministerial direction like other NHS bodies
  • Non-departmental public bodies – the NDPBs have a role in the process of national government, but are not part of any government department

Contact the arm’s length bodies support unit.

Responses to consultation on future of audit staff in trusts

The responses to the consultation on future of audit staff in trusts is now available. There were 66 responses in total. In July 2012, the National Advisory Group for Clinical … Read more → – Responses to consultation on future of audit staff in trusts

New pay framework published for very senior managers in arm’s length bodies

A pay framework is published alongside a job evaluation handbook and question and answers for very senior managers (VSMs) in arm’s length bodies (special health authorities and executive non-departmental public … Read more → – New pay framework published for very senior managers in arm’s length bodies

Review of tax arrangements for Department of Health – submission to H M Treasury

On 23 May 2012, the Government published a review of the tax arrangements of public sector appointees. The review identified the number of off payroll engagements worth more than £58,200 … Read more → – Review of tax arrangements for Department of Health – submission to H M Treasury

Accounting Officer system statement

The Permanent Secretary and Principal Accounting Officer at the Department of Health (DH) is accountable to Parliament for the proper use of the resources allocated to the Department. The Accounting … Read more → – Accounting Officer system statement

Building the NHS Trust Development Authority

The Department of Health (DH) has outlined initial proposals about how the planned NHS Trust Development Authority (NTDA) will operate and how it will be organised. The proposals remain subject … Read more → – Building the NHS Trust Development Authority

Review of Arm’s Length Bodies – update

The review of Arm’s Length Bodies (ALBs) published in July 2010 assessed whether the work of each of the Department’s ALBs remains essential. It also looked at whether work was … Read more → – Review of Arm’s Length Bodies – update

External communication Gateway functions for Arms Length Bodies

The Department’s External Gateway is a small team who ensure that the Department communicates consistent messages and does not impose excessive burdens on NHS, social care organisations and public health … Read more → – External communication Gateway functions for Arms Length Bodies