The NHS is made up of a wide range of organisations specialising in different types of services for patients.

Significant changes to the stucture of the NHS came into effect on 1 April 2013.  New organisations were created and others such as Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) and Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs) were abolished.

This guide explains organisations in the healthcare system and how they work together. Alternatively, the King’s Fund, an independent charitable organisation, has produced a brief animation explaining the new structure of the NHS. You can watch this here.

For further information on individual organisations and understanding their roles within the NHS please see the NHS Choices website here.


Transforming Care for People with Learning Disabilties and/or Autism

NHS England works with other health and care organisations to look after the running of the NHS, including NHS services for people with learning disabilities and/or autism.

NHS England looks after the collection of information about the care for people with learning disabilities and/ or autism in a hospital.

This is called ‘Assuring Transformation data’ and it helps us check that people are getting the right care, in the right place. The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) collects and publishes this information for NHS England, every month.

To read more information about this process please click here.