Policy paper

The NHS Mandate

The first mandate between the government and the NHS Commissioning Board.

Documents

The Mandate: easy read version

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The government's response to the consultation on the draft mandate to the NHS Commissioning Board

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The NHS mandate: equality analysis

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Reference document for policy impact assessments

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Financial Directions to the NHS Commissioning Board

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Detail

This mandate sets out the ambitions for the health service for the next two years.

The Mandate reaffirms the government’s commitment to an NHS that remains comprehensive and universal - 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.

The NHS Mandate is structured around 5 key areas where the government expects the NHS Commissioning Board 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

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