What we do

We empower and support healthcare organisations to improve population health, deliver high-quality care and reduce health inequalities.
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The NHS Confederation is the membership organisation that brings together, supports and speaks for the whole healthcare system in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

We promote collaboration and partnership working as the key to improving population health, delivering high-quality care and reducing health inequalities.

We support leaders to innovate and transform, helping them to improve the NHS and the nation’s health and wellbeing. We join the dots between different parts of the health and care system and we connect members and partners to share learning and develop solutions to common challenges.

At the sharp end of influencing the government and its national bodies, we provide a strong national voice to secure the conditions members need to succeed. We make an impact.

The members we represent employ over 1.5 million staff, care for more than 1 million patients a day and control £150 billion of public expenditure. 

As a member of the NHS Confederation, you benefit from access to our extensive networks and forums, influential advocacy and analysis, and best practice and tools.

  • Our members include:

    • In England: acute, mental health, community and ambulance NHS trusts; independent and voluntary sector providers; primary care networks and federations; and integrated care systems.
    • In Wales: integrated local health boards, trusts and special health authorities.
    • In Northern Ireland: health and social care trusts.

    In England we also:

    • Run NHS Employers, which supports the health service in its role as the nation’s largest employer.
    • Host the NHS Race and Health Observatory, which is working to tackle ethnic inequalities in health and care.
    • Support our members to embed equality, diversity and inclusion into their service planning through our three diversity networks: BME Leadership Network, Health and Care Women Leaders Network, Health and Care LGBTQ+ Leaders Network.
    • Host the NHS European Office, which is the conduit for the NHS to engage with the European Union.

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Partner with us

We work with organisations that are important to the future strength and prosperity of the healthcare sector. Our associate partners, non-NHS organisations that work with and supply services to the NHS, are a valuable part of the health and care sector and provide some of the most innovative and essential services.

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