What is it?
The NHS Constitution brings together, for the first time, the principles, values, rights and responsibilities that determine the way that the NHS acts and makes decisions. It is designed to secure and renew our commitment to the enduring principles of the NHS, making sure that healthcare services continue to be relevant to the needs of patients, the public and staff in the 21st century.
What does it do?
The NHS Constitution sets out clearly what everyone can expect from the NHS – staff patients and the public. But it also explains the responsibilities that each of us have to make the best of limited resources and improve our own health and well-being. The NHS Constitution confirms that the NHS belongs to us all.
NHS Constitution - Interactive version (from Department of Health)
NHS Constitution (NHS Choices)