The new NHS

The bodies that make up the new NHS and the opportunities they present for housing.

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 brought about the biggest shake-up in the history of the NHS. Watch this animation from the King's Fund which illustrates the new NHS.

Many of the reforms came into effect on 1 April 2013 including the creation of new clinical commissioning groups (CCGs). CCGs have replaced primary care trusts as the commissioners of most NHS services and control around two-thirds of total NHS budgets.

Health and wellbeing boards, which launched at the same time, bring together local services to tackle health inequalities and oversee commissioning. They are a key part of an integrated approach to health and social care.

There are changes to healthcare providers too. All NHS trusts must become foundation trusts by 2014 and some services may be commissioned from non-NHS providers.

In public health, new directors have been appointed by all local authorities, charged with improving the health of their areas.

The Routes into Health series of briefings contains more information on CCGs, health and wellbeing boards, public health and NHS providers and changes to the NHS in England.