NHS Providers

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The NHS Confederation is a membership body for organisations that plan, commission and provide NHS services in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. It acts as a lobbying and information organisation for its members, and has offices in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.[1]

The NHS Confederation was formed in 1990 to represent the management organisations that make up the NHS.[2] It operates a number of networks to support its members' key interests:[3]

  • BME Leadership Network: set up in Mar.2019, it seeks to improve equality, diversity and inclusion of BME leaders;
  • Community Network: supports trusts and not-for-profit organisations providing NHS community health services;
  • Health and Care Women Leaders Network: a free network for women working across health and care;
  • Integrated Care Systems Network: supporting emerging systems and helping local areas on the journey to becoming integrated care systems by Apr.2021;
  • LGBTQ Network: a network is for LGBTQ+ leaders and allies from a diverse range of roles and backgrounds across health and care;
  • Mental Health Network: a voice for NHS funded mental health and learning disability service providers in England;
  • NHS Clinical Commissioners: a membership body for clinical commissioning groups (CCGs);
  • NHS Employers: an employers’ organisation for the NHS in England;
  • PCN Network: brings GP practices into networks with other primary care and community organisations to enable more integrated provision of services to local populations;
  • Support for STPs and ICSs: hosts an online platform for STP and ICS programme directors, delivers a regular STP/ICS webinar programme and supports events and networking opportunities.

NHS Providers

NHS Providers is the membership organisation for NHS public providers, such as hospitals, mental health, community and ambulance services, that treat patients and service users in the NHS.[4]

It lobbies govt on behalf of its members, taking part in negotiations between the trusts and the Department of Health & Social Care.[5] It also provides support, training and development to trust leaders by enabling them to learn from each other.[6]


NHS Providers was established in Jun.2004 as the "Foundation Trust Network", part of the NHS Confederation, to represent the views and promote the common interests of Foundation Trusts.[7] It was launched at a time when foundation trusts were making huge transitions in a healthcare system that was itself undergoing massive change. The network established itself as an authoritative voice for Foundation Trusts.[8]
In 2011, the Foundation Trust Network become independent, and relaunched as "NHS Providers".

NHS Providers is a member-owned charity with a board of elected trustees working with and for our members to promote a vibrant and sustainable NHS public provider sector. The Board of Trustees is comprised of 20 chairs and chief executives, elected by member trusts.[9] Membership is open to all NHS Foundation Trusts and Trusts. [10]


  • 1990:
    NHS Confederation
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    National Association of Health Authorities & Trusts (NAHAT)
  • ?date?:
    National Association of Health Authorities in England & Wales (NAHA)


  1. ^ About the NHS Confederation. NHS Confederation. Accessed Oct.03.2020.
  2. ^ Engaging with the NHS Confederation. NHS Confederation. Original archived on Mar.08.2003.
  3. ^ Networks. NHS Confederation. Accessed Oct.03.2020.
  4. ^ About us. NHS Providers. Accessed Oct.03.2020.
  5. ^ About us. NHS Providers. Accessed Oct.03.2020.
  6. ^ Our development offer. NHS Providers. Accessed Oct.03.2020.
  7. ^ Foundation Trust Network. NHS Confederation. Original archived on Aug.14.2009.
  8. ^ About us. Foundation Trust Network. us/ Original archived on Aug.04.2005.
  9. ^ Our board. NHS Providers. Accessed Oct.03.2020.
  10. ^ About us. NHS Providers. Original archived on Oct.30.2015.