The Department of Health and the Civil Service: from Whitehall to Department of Delivery to where?

This report focuses on the Department of Health and what its role might be in a post-devolution NHS.

Briefing

Published: 01/02/2007

Updated: 13/01/17

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Devolution in the UK has implications for the structure of the NHS. This report focuses on the Department of Health and what its role might be in a post-devolution NHS.

This report discusses how the NHS after devolution might necessitate a redesigned Department of Health. It focuses on the possible transition of the Department of Health from an “overseeing” Whitehall department in the conventional mode to an organization focused on detailed delivery. It also discusses the current challenges facing the structure and leadership of the Department of Health, such as the tension between policy and management.

Suggested citation

Greer S and Jarman H (2007) The Department of Health and the Civil Service: from Whitehall to Department of Delivery to where? Report. Nuffield Trust.

Updated 13/01/2017

We have now included a new chart, chart 2, to map the OPELs by trust on a weekly basis. This includes new data for the first week of January.

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