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Launch of the new Health and Care Partnership

Health and Care Partnership launched to replace the Department’s National Stakeholder Forum.

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

Today we are pleased to be launching the new Health and Care Partnership, which will replace the Department’s National Stakeholder Forum.

This new Partnership is to develop a more inclusive, open and ongoing relationship with our partners. We want to develop new ways of working as a Department and increase clarity about our new role in the system. Also, we are keen to build on recent increased satisfaction with how DH engages stakeholders.

At today’s Partnership we are taking the opportunity to reflect on the past year. The Department and its partners have achieved the largest ever change to the health and care system since its inception. We have steered this transition through leadership, partnership, planning and cross system working. Most importantly, we have strived to maintain a focus on joining up the system for people who use health and care services.

Looking to the future, we are expressing our goals as:

  • living and ageing well,
  • caring better, and
  • preparing for the future.

Of course, in delivering on these goals the Department of Health will continue to work with our partners to achieve the highest standards across the system. Our unique role is that of steward - making sure all parts work together seamlessly for the benefit of patients and service users. The new Health and Care Partnership will be a fundamental part of this.

If you would like to find out more about the Health and Care Partnership please contact the External Partnerships Team at and you can follow the event at #healthandcarepartnership.

Published 30 April 2014