Health and social care in England: a quick guide

Royal College of Physicians of London - RCP
Royal College of Physicians (RCP)
Publication date:
02 May 2018


This guide gives an overview of the decision-making structures that operate in health policy and in the NHS. These affect how health and social care works at every level, from decisions in local trusts to the national direction set by politicians.

It includes stakeholders involved across the following aspects:

  • health funding
  • commissioning
  • regulation
  • education
  • decision making in trusts
  • adult social care.