The Department of Health works with various arm’s length bodies (ALBs). There are three kinds of ALBs:
These have responsibility for particular business areas, but are still part of, and accountable to, the Department.
Executive non-departmental public bodies
The ENDPBs have a role in the process of national government, but are not part of any government department.
Special health authorities
These are independent bodies, but can be subject to ministerial direction like other NHS bodies.
- Health & Social Care Information Centre
- Health Education England
- Health Research Authority
- National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence
- National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse
- NHS Blood & Transplant
- NHS Business Services Authority
- NHS Institute for Innovation & Improvement
- NHS Litigation Authority
- NHS Trust Development Authority
Contact the arm’s length bodies support unit.
There will be further changes to the department’s ALBs from April 2013 including the establishment of Public Health England as an executive agency.