Who Regulates and Improves Health Care in the UK?

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2020-11-10

At your medical interview you may be expected to know the scope and responsibilities of the organisations that work together to promote healthcare in the UK.

#1

National Health Service (NHS)

Established in 1948, the NHS is a government-funded service that provides healthcare for all residents of the UK. NHS services are provided to all those who need them, not just who can pay for them. Therefore, people can visit a general practitioner (GP), get treated at a hospital or see a midwife without having to pay out of their pocket.

The six values of the NHS are: 

  1. Working together for patients
  2. Respect and dignity
  3. Commitment to quality of care
  4.  Compassion
  5. Improving lives
  6. Everyone counts

There are four systems within the NHS:

  • NHS England
  • NHS Wales (GIG Cymru)
  • NHS Scotland
  • Health and Social Care Services / HSC (for Northern Ireland)
National Health Service (NHS) logo
www.nhs.uk
#2


National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

NICE serves the NHS England and NHS Wales and aims to improve the outcome of people using public health and social care services. 

Its scope includes assessing new treatments and drugs, providing evidence-based guidelines for practitioners, developing quality standards and providing a range of information services for personnel working in health and social care.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) logo
https://www.nice.org.uk/
#3


Care Quality Commission (CQC)

CQC monitors, regulates and inspects health and social care services in England to ensure that all services are safe, effective, responsive, caring and well-led.


Care Quality Commission (CQC) logo
https://www.cqc.org.uk/
#4


General Medical Council (GMC)

The GMC regulates doctors in the UK. It is responsible for overseeing medical education, registration and revalidation, as well as providing guidance for doctors and investigating complaints. By doing so, the GMC protects patients and improves medical education and practice in the UK.

If you’ve sat the UCAT, you may remember reading the Good Medical Practice to understand what it means to be a good doctor in preparing for the SJT section. This guide is published by the GMC.


General Medical Council (GMC) logo
https://www.gmc-uk.org/
#5


British Medical Association (BMA)

The BMA is the trade union and professional body for medical doctors in the UK. As well as representing, supporting and negotiating for its members, the BMA works together with the governments to improve healthcare policy.

British Medical Association (BMA) logo
https://www.bma.org.uk/
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