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Your choices in the NHS


Modern medicine is more a partnership between doctor and patient than ever before. The pages in this section include simple tips to help you get the most out of your local NHS services.

The NHS Choice Framework 2014

The Choice Framework explains when you have a legal right to choice about treatment and care in the NHS. The legal right to choice doesn't apply to all healthcare services; however, when you do not have a legal right to choice, you should at least be offered some choices, depending on what’s available locally.


About your choices

Your choices include more than just which GP or hospital to use. You also have choices about your treatment decisions and everyday lifestyle.

GP choice

Finding a GP surgery that suits you is vital. Get advice on how to choose the right doctor and make the most of the services they offer.

Choice in mental health

Did you know that you have the right to choose your mental health service provider and team? Find out how it works.

Hospital choice

You can choose where you go for tests or treatment when referred by your GP. Learn how to compare services and choose the right one for you.

Consultant choice

Find out when you have the right to choose the consultant for your outpatient appointment and what to do if your right to choice was denied.

Treatment choice

Many health conditions can be treated in different ways. Know your options and then choose what's right for you.

Personal health budgets

Having a personal health budget could make it easier to get the NHS care that best suits you. Find out where to get started and how other people managed their personal health budget.

Choice of community services

Many local areas offer a variety of community services. Find out what community services are available to you and how to access them.

Page last reviewed: 23/05/2014

Next review due: 23/05/2016

The NHS Constitution

This Constitution establishes the principles and values of the NHS in England. Find out about your rights and the pledges the NHS is committed to achieve

NHS services explained

Learn about the NHS services available in England, plus advice on how to access each service and what to do in emergencies

Find health information online

Find out how to obtain reliable and accurate health information online and learn which sites are considered trustworthy.

Get involved

Find out how you can get involved with your local NHS

What does patient choice mean to you?

People talk about choices they have made for their health, in their lifestyle, their NHS treatment and of NHS services.

Media last reviewed: 15/09/2014

Next review due: 15/09/2016

The SDM programme

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