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Strategic bodies: organisations that set national policy, based on legislation passed by government.

Regularoty bodies: have authority in law to ensure the standards set are achieved and can take enforcement action.

Advisory bodies: organisations with specific knowledge or expertise that give advice and opinion supporting policy and /or design standards.

Department of Health (DH)

Strategic body

DH is a ministerial department of Government. It is the overall responsible department and strategic funder within health and social care. It ensures all government policy in health and social care is delivered, sets standards and promotes all initiatives on quality. It links with all related strategic bodies to support standard setting and policy support.

Health and Wellbeing Boards

Strategic body

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 established health and wellbeing boards as a forum where key leaders from the health and care system come together to work out how they can work in more integrated ways to improve wellbeing of their communities and reduce health inequalities. Each area has its own Health and Wellbeing Board and must be made up of at least: a local elected council member, the director of public health for the local authority and representatives of the local Healthwatch organisation, local clinical commissioning group, director for adult social services, director for children's services and director of public health. Each area runs its board differently and it is worth checking out how providers are represented locally as they have key strategic influence.

Local Government Association (LGA)

Strategic body

The LGA is a politically-led, cross-party organisation that works on behalf of councils to influence the political agenda. They focus on issues that matter to change people's lives for the better. It is a campaigning and membership organisation made up of all English councils, except two, and Welsh councils. The LGA acts on behalf of collective councils to advise on a range of issues affecting people in communities.

NHS England

Strategic body

NHS England is a strategic body governing all NHS services in England reporting directly to Government and the Secretary of State for Health. It has a partnership agreement with the Department of Health. It sets systems and policies for health and health care structures to deliver effective quality services. This includes Clinical Commissioning groups (CCGs). NHS England works within the NHS Constitution.

Public Health England

Strategic body

Public Health England (PHE) is responsible for making the public healthier. It encourages discussions, advises government and supports action by local government, the NHS and other people and organisations. Locally, the responsibilities for public health sit with councils and PHE informs on commissioning decisions that impact for health of the community. Public Health has an outcomes framework (PHOF).