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Find out how the NHS is organised and who governs and regulates the system. You can also find information about the NHS number, patient records or the history of the NHS.

NHS explained

Read about the NHS as an organisation, learn about its values and find how you can get involved on a local basis.

Your records

Find out what your personal information is used for and how it is stored


Read about the watchdogs that regulate the NHS and all third parties providing health and social care in England

The Keogh Review

The Keogh Mortality Review looked at the quality of care and treatment provided by those NHS trusts that were persistent outliers on mortality indicators.

NHS history

The NHS was founded in 1948. Find out what has changed since Aneurin Bevan's first vision of a national health service.

Equality and diversity

Find out what the Equality Act 2010 means for you.

Page last reviewed: 07/03/2013

Next review due: 07/03/2015

Have your say

The NHS needs to change to deal with the challenges ahead. This is your chance to have your say about the future of the NHS

NHS complaints

If you're not happy with the care you've received, you have the right to complain. Find out how

The NHS Constitution

The Constitution sets out the rights patients, the public and staff are entitled to, and pledges the NHS is committed to achieving

The class of 1948, Tintagel Primary School

'Our health history'

See how their lifestyle and habits have affected the health of this class of 1948

The SDM programme

The SDM programme aims to embed the practice of shared decision making among patients and those who support them