Parliamentary and Government websites in England
The Health Select Committee: http://www.parliament.uk/healthcom
The Health Committee is appointed by the House of Commons to examine the policy, administration and expenditure of the Department of Health and its associated bodies.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Atrial Fibrillation: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmallparty/register/atrial-fibrillation.htm
The purpose of this cross-party group is to raise awareness of atrial fibrillation (AF) and to ensure that the diagnosis, care, treatment, management and research of AF is a priority for the NHS.
The All-Party Parliamentary Thrombosis Group: http://www.apptg.org.uk
The All-Party Parliamentary Thrombosis Group (APPTG) was set up in 2006 to promote awareness of venous thromboembolism (VTE) – blood clots – amongst Parliamentarians. The APPTG has provided active leadership since 2006 on VTE prevention nationally, undertaking wide-ranging research reports and hosting headline events to support and share best practice in VTE prevention. In this role, the APPTG has been termed a ‘critical friend’ by the Department of Health in its role supporting the implementation of the National VTE Prevention Programme.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Primary Care and Public Health:
The purpose of this cross-party group is to raise the profile of primary care and public health within Parliament.
Department of Health: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-of-health
The Department of Health (DH) is a ministerial department that looks after all aspects of health and social care in England.
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE): http://www.nice.org.uk/
NICE’s role is to improve outcomes for people using the NHS and other public health and social care services through the issuing of guidance, developing quality standards and providing information services.
NHS England: http://www.england.nhs.uk/
NHS England oversees the planning, delivery and day-to-day operation of the NHS in England as set out in the Health and Social Care Act 2012.
Public Health England:https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england
Works with national and local government, industry and the NHS to protect and improve the nation’s health and support healthier choices.
Care Quality Commission (CQC): http://www.cqc.org.uk/
The CQC helps to ensure hospitals, care homes, dental and GP surgeries, and all other care services in England provide people with safe, effective, compassionate and high-quality care, and encourages them to make improvements.
Healthwatch England: http://www.healthwatch.co.uk/
Healthwatch England is the independent consumer champion for health and social care in England.
NHS Choices is the online ‘front door’ to the NHS. It is the country’s biggest health website and gives all the information you need to make choices about your health.
Other useful reference websites and organisations
National Centre for Anticoagulation Training (NCAT): http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/mds/projects/HaPS/PCCS/anticoagulation/index.aspx
NCAT has been developed to meet the educational needs of all health care professionals involved in anticoagulation management.
Patient.co.uk is the UK’s leading independent health site, established for over 15 years.