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How we fit into the NHS

We’re part of the National Health Service (NHS), which is the publicly funded healthcare system in the United Kingdom. The NHS provides healthcare to anyone normally resident in the UK, with most services free at the point of use.

The services we provide are purchased by commissioners, such as clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and NHS England for specialist comissioning.
We are sometimes known as a secondary healthcare provider as people are normally referred to us from primary care workers, such as GPs (family doctors).
We work closely with social services, schools and voluntary organisations to provide our local communities with a comprehensive range of health services.
All trusts are regulated by the Care Quality Commission, which makes sure that the care provided meets high standards of safety and quality.