What we do

We monitor and influence EU policy and legislation in the interest of the NHS.

The NHS European Office is the conduit for the NHS to engage with the EU agenda. Hosted by the NHS Confederation, we are the representative body for the range of NHS organisations in England on EU affairs and we regularly seek input from NHS representatives to help us assess potential implications for the NHS of EU policy and legislation, in order to develop our position papers and influence our lobbying strategies at European level.  

Our work includes:

  • Identify and influence EU policy and legislation that is relevant to NHS interests in a post-Brexit world

  • Communicate the implications of developments associated with Brexit that will affect the NHS to help members prepare

  • Facilitate access to EU funds for NHS bodies and their partner organisations

  • Support members in getting the most from their international engagement, including global health volunteering and international commercial opportunity

  • Facilitate NHS leadership at European and International level, including collaboration and sharing of good practice to support service improvement and transformation in the NHS

  • The NHS European Office produces briefings to help explain EU developments which have potential implications for the NHS and which help NHS organisations prepare for implementation of EU legislation at national level. Browse our library of publications.

  • We produce email bulletins on our work to influence EU policy on behalf of the NHS and on our Brexit-related work.

    If you are interested in receiving our bulletins, please subscribe online at the newsletters page, or for further information, contact us.