NHS Constitution

The NHS Constitution seeks to outline the underlying values and principles on which the NHS is based, and in doing so brings together the rights of patient, public and staff.

The Constitution secures the seven founding principles of the NHS which allow the NHS to act in the best interest of patients, public and staff.

It outlines the rights of the patient, including the right to be treated with a professional standard of care; by bringing the rights together and explaining what the patient can do if they do not receive these rights.

Additionally the Constitution sets out the responsibilities of staff, patients and the public that allow the NHS to continue running smoothly.

If at any point you feel that any of your constitutional rights have not been met, please contact the Patient Experience Team on 0115 883 9570 or complete our online form.

Further information and the NHS Constitution handbook are available at www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-nhs-constitution-for-england.