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Working in the NHS

Working in the NHS

For the NHS, a typical day includes:

  • 820,000 consultations
  • 192,000 outpatient appointments
  • almost 60,000 people visiting accident and emergency departments
  • 14,000 emergency admissions
  • 21,000 elective admissions
  • 108,500 patients receiving dental treatment.

The structure of the NHS

Hospitals in the NHS are managed by trusts (sometimes called acute or foundation trusts) and are run by a trust board. Acute hospital trusts provide medical and surgical care and mental health and ambulance trusts have a similar structure but tend to cover wider areas.

There are over 260 hospital, mental health, community and ambulance trusts and 211 clinical commissioning groups or CCGs in the NHS. Currently, all hospital trusts, community providers and mental health trusts are dependent on CCGs commissioning services for them, such as elective surgery, outpatient visits and other treatments. 

Commissioning Support Units offer CCGs support services, such as human resources and finance.

Primary care is provided via your local GP, NHS walk-in centre, dentist, pharmacist and optician. There are also a number of community providers running services such as district nursing and health promotion. 

NHS 111 is responsible for providing healthcare advice and information 24 hours a day over the phone.

Find out more about NHS organisations in your area on the NHS Choices website.