Key milestones and priorities across the Department functions

Quarter 1
Quarter 2
Quarter 3
Quarter 4

Quarter 1: April – June 2012


  • launch of second wave of early implementer sites on the new health visitor service
  • formal launch of the Nursing and Care Quality Forum
  • end of tobacco displays in large shops
  • launch of 2012-13 National Tariff
  • contracts for new National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centres and Units commence (£800M over 5 years from April 2012)


  • Care and Support White Paper publication
  • establishment of a post of Chief Social Worker


  • Draft Care and Support Bill published for consultation
  • Health Education England (HEE) and NHS Trust Development Authority (NTDA) legally established as SpHA (Special Health Authority)
  • emergency preparedness and  response for Olympic and Paralympic games

Quarter 2: July- September 2012


  • National Patient Safety Agency NPSA abolished and functions transfer to NHS Commissioning Board (SpHA)
  • design of accountability framework for safeguarding children
  • launch of national physical activity campaign – Games4Life – as part of Olympics legacy
  • contracts for new National Institute for Health Research Patient Safety Translational Research Centres commence



  • majority of Local Authorities (LAs) move to shadow form of Health and Wellbeing Boards
  • national NHS staff survey
  • contracts for NIHR funding for Clinical Research Facilities for Experimental Medicine commence
  • Medical Education England (MEE) decommissioned
  • Outcome of the consultation on the social work bursary.

Quarter 3: October – December 2012


  • NHS Commissioning Board established as Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) and starts to authorise Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • start of Monitor taking on regulatory powers
  • Healthwatch England established
  • Appointments Commission abolished
  • functions transfer to NTDA
  • NTDA starts in shadow form
  • Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE) becomes self funding
  • Closure of General Social Care Council
  • NHS Property Company in shadow form
  • selection panel meets to assess full applications for NIHR Healthcare Technology Co-operatives
  • HEE starts and begins authorisation process for Local Education and Training Boards


  • framework Agreements for NHS Commissioning Board,  CQC, PHE, NTDA, HEE approved by DH.


  • medical revalidation

Quarter 4: January – March 2013 and Quarter 1, month 1: April 2013


  • New Year social marketing campaign Quit Smoking campaign
  • Contracts for new NIHR Healthcare Technology Co-operatives commence
  • DH – ICT Services migration complete



  • PCTS and SHAs abolished
  • PH functions transfer to Local Government
  • PHE established as Executive Agency
  • NTA abolished and functions transfer to PHE
  • HPA abolished and functions transfer to PHE
  • HEE takes on SHA education and training functions
  • Local Healthwatch established
  • NICE becomes an English Non-departmental Public Body (ENDPB)
  • Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSC IC) becomes an ENDPB
  • NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement (NHSi) closes (TBC)
  • improved system of language checks for doctors
  • publish pay review body reports
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