Our vision is to continually improve Bury’s Health and Wellbeing by listening to you and working together across boundaries.
Our values and vision are built on the fundamentals of the National Health Service, which now has a Constitution to summarise its guiding principles.
The NHS Constitution was prepared to mark the 60th anniversary of the NHS. With a key focus that the NHS belongs to us all, the Constitution focuses on safeguarding the NHS’ core principles and values for the next generation, whilst setting a clear direction for the future. It reaffirms rights to NHS services, free of charge and with equal access for all, and it enshrines patient rights to choice and to NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) approved drugs recommended by clinicians.
The NHS Constitution aims to empower both staff and patients, containing clear pledges on the ways in which the NHS will strive to go beyond the stated rights to improve the working environment. It has been developed from the bottom up, with the active engagement of staff, patients and the public.
The NHS is based upon fundamental values, these are: a universal, tax-funded service, with equal access for all, free at the point of use and provided according to clinical need rather than the ability to pay. These values are enduring. They mean that the NHS should be available to all, at the point of need, regardless of ability to pay; is fair to all, regardless of income, age, background; and is personal to each. They inform all that we do and they will not change. The task is to develop a patient-led NHS that uses available resources as effectively and fairly as possible to promote health, reduce inequalities and deliver the best and safest possible healthcare.