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Creating a new NHS England: NHS England and NHS Digital merged on 1 February 2023. More about the merger.

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Current chapter – Review

The Department will regularly review the HSCIC's performance at formal accountability meetings. In addition, the Department will undertake an in-depth review of the HSCIC as well as its other arm's length bodies on at least a triennial basis.

This agreement will be reviewed every three years, or sooner upon request of either party.

HSCIC is established by the Health and Social Care Act 2012. Any change to its core functions or duties, including mergers, significant restructuring or abolition would therefore require further primary legislation. If this were to happen, the Department would then be responsible for putting in place arrangements to ensure a smooth and orderly transition, with the protection of patients being paramount. In particular, the Department is to ensure that, where necessary, procedures are in place in the HSCIC so the Department can obtain independent assurance on key transactions, financial commitments, cash flows, HR arrangements and other information needed to handle the transition effectively and to maintain the momentum of any ongoing and/or transferred work.

Last edited: 24 November 2021 3:42 pm