Policy paper

NHS Mandate 2014 to 2015

The NHS Mandate between the government and NHS England sets out the ambitions for the health service.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government



This document sets out the ambitions for the health service for April 2014 to March 2015. It ensures that the Mandate to the NHS: April 2013 to March 2015, remains up to date and relevant, and was produced following a public consultation. To provide stability, and to ensure the Mandate remains focused on outcomes and affordable, changes have been kept to an essential minimum.

The NHS Mandate is structured around 5 main areas where the government expects NHS England to make improvements:

  • preventing people from dying prematurely
  • enhancing quality of life for people with long-term conditions
  • helping people to recover from episodes of ill health or following injury
  • ensuring that people have a positive experience of care
  • treating and caring for people in a safe environment and protecting them from avoidable harm

The Mandate reaffirms the government’s commitment to an NHS that remains available to all, based on clinical need and not ability to pay - and that is able to meet patients’ needs and expectations now and in the future.

Published 12 November 2013
Last updated 5 December 2014 + show all updates
  1. A mandate from the Government to NHS England: April 2014 to March 2015 updated to make a non-recurrent increase to the revenue budget for 2014-15 and a slight reallocation of resource from capital to revenue.
  2. First published.