Health Education England (HEE) merged with NHS England on Saturday (April 1) in an effort to reduce duplication and increase collaboration and efficiency.
NHS England has assumed responsibility for all activities previously undertaken by HEE. This includes planning, recruiting, educating and training the health workforce, ensuring that the healthcare workforce has the right numbers, skills, values and behaviours in place to support the delivery of excellent healthcare and health improvement to patients and the public.
The move follows the merger of NHS Digital with NHS England in February this year and the creation of integrated care systems.
HEE stated that by bringing people, data and technology together under NHS England would support and enable local systems to: work in more efficient ways; improve diagnosis and treatment; and improve services.
There will be no changes for those who currently use HEE’s services the systems and services, functions, processes, and structures of HEE will continue to operate as normal, and contracts will automatically transfer to NHS England, with terms and conditions unchanged.