An introduction to Monitor's role as the sector regulator for health services in England.



This short publication gives an overview of Monitor’s role.

Monitor’s job is to protect and promote the interests of patients by ensuring the whole sector works for their benefit. It makes sure that:

  • public sector healthcare providers are well led so that they can provide high quality care to local communities
  • essential NHS services continue if a provider gets into difficulty
  • the NHS payment system rewards quality and efficiency
  • choice and competition operate in the best interests of patients