The overall purpose of the unified NHS Board is to ensure the efficient, effective and accountable governance of the local NHS system and to provide strategic leadership and direction for the system as a whole, focusing on agreed outcomes.

The role of the unified NHS Board will be:

  • To improve and protect the health of local people
  • To improve health services for local people
  • To focus clearly on health outcomes and people's experience of their local NHS system
  • To promote integrated health and community planning by working closely with other local organisations; and
  • To provide a single focus of accountability for the performance of the local NHS system

The functions of the unified NHS Board comprise:

  • Strategy development - to develop a single Local Health Plan for each NHS Board area, which addresses the health priorities and healthcare needs of the resident population, and within which all aspects of NHS activity, in relation to health improvement, acute services and primary care will be specified
  • Resource allocation to address local priorities - funds will flow to the NHS Board, which will be responsible for deciding how these resources are deployed locally to meet its strategic objectives
  • Implementation of the Local Health Plan and Local Delivery Plan
  • Performance management of the local NHS system, including risk management