NHS employers

This page provides information about different employers in the NHS in England and what each organisation does.

The NHS is divided into a series of organisations.

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NHS England

NHS England monitors the performance of the NHS nationally and supports commissioning (the planning and ordering of services) locally.

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs)

CCGs are run by GPs and other local healthcare professionals who assess local health needs and commission the services to meet them. There are more than 160 CCGs in England.

NHS acute or foundation trusts

NHS acute or foundation trusts provide the hospital, out-patient and other services commissioned by CCGs to meet local population needs.

Ambulance trusts

Ambulance trusts provide respond to 999 calls to provide emergency health services, transport patients, and provide out-of-hours care in some areas.

Mental health trusts

Mental health trusts provide specialist care for people with complex and severe mental health problems.

Care trusts

Care trusts co-ordinate health and social care services for individual users.

Local primary care services

Local primary care services are provided through GP practices, NHS Walk-in Centres, dental practices, pharmacists and opticians.

111 phone service

The 111 phone service is responsible for providing healthcare advice and information 24 hours a day via the internet and over the telephone.

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