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What is the NHS Constitution?

NHS Constitution logoThe Constitution sets out the values and principles of the NHS. It explains your rights and responsibilities as an NHS patient in England, including:

  • your right to choose which hospital you’re treated at
  • how long you should expect to wait for treatment 
  • your right to complain when things go wrong.

It also tells you what you can do to support the NHS, to help make sure it runs efficiently and uses its resources responsibly.

You can watch some videos on Youtube explaining what the NHS Constitution and its values are about.

What you can expect from us

Our Trust values outline our commitment to making sure our staff honour the pledges to patients set out in the NHS Constitution.

If you’re concerned we’re not performing as we should be under the Constitution, please contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS).

How you can help us

There are lots of things you can do to support us, as set out in the NHS Constitution, including:

Download the NHS Constitution

You can download the full NHS Constitution, as well as the handbook to the constitution and any easy read formats, from the GOV.UK website.