The NHS Constitution was launched on 21 January 2009, marking a milestone in the history of the NHS.
For the first time, there is clarity for staff, patients and taxpayers about what they can expect of the NHS, and what is expected of them in return.
The Constitution gives an NHS-wide commitment to equipping staff with the tools, training and support they need to deliver high-quality care. It is relevant to all staff, wherever they are working.
Senior Clinical Nurse Rachael May says: ‘The Constitution talks about staff responsibilities, but also staff rights, in terms of equity and fairness in the way they work. It demonstrates that staff have been listened to and they have been able to contribute to the Constitution.’
A toolkit of resources has been produced to support local staff engagement with the Constitution, highlighting the value of it for them and for their patients. The toolkit includes a short film to introduce staff to the Constitution and an e-learning module.