Local health providers
Department of Health
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is a department of the Government, responsible for government policy on health and adult social care matters in England, some elements of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It oversees the English National Health Service (NHS). The department is led by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care with two Ministers of State and three Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State.
The responsibilities of the DHSC include:
- supporting and advising ministers: helping them shape and deliver policy that delivers the government’s objectives
- setting direction: anticipating the future and leading debate ensuring they protect and improve global and domestic health
- accountability: making sure the department and their arm’s length bodies deliver on our agreed plans and commitments
- acting as guardians of the health and care framework: making sure the legislative, financial, administrative and policy frameworks are fit for purpose and work together
- troubleshooting: in the last resort, the public and Parliament expect the DHSC to take the action needed to resolve crucial and complex issues
The Department of Health and Social Care has a lot of information on its website about Health Care, Social Care and Public Health.
For more information and contact details visit the Department of Health Contact Us section.
The NHS in East Cheshire
There are two main types of health services provided by the NHS in East Cheshire. These are community based services and hospital based services.
Community and hospital based health services are mainly commissioned by the Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS England:
The Clinical Commissioning Group that covers Cheshire East is NHS Cheshire CCG and you can find out more on the website https://www.cheshireccg.nhs.uk
The Local Authority also commission some health services including public health and 0-19 services.
The hospital based services provided by the NHS in East Cheshire are primarily provided by Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the East Cheshire NHS Trust.
- Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust operates the hospitals in Crewe (Leighton) and the Victoria Infirmary at Northwich as well as the Elmhurst intermediate care centre in Winsford.
- East Cheshire NHS Trust operates hospitals in Congleton, Knutsford and Macclesfield
- East Cheshire NHS Trustand Central Cheshire Integrated Care Partnership operate community services in East Cheshire
- Cheshire and Wirral Partnership Trust provide Learning Disabilities and Mental Health Services
- Wirral Community Trust provide other health services for children and young people aged 0-19
Non-NHS Health Services
There are a lot of health based services provided in East Cheshire that are not owned, managed or operated by the NHS.
Some of these services and organisations in East Cheshire are commissioned by the NHS to help the NHS. These organisations can include private hospitals, opticians and dentists.
Finding information on local health services
Local health providers have contributed details of many local health services for children and young people (both hospital based and community services) in the information Cheshire East Live Well directory - for more information, see the Health matters category, or for local health services for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, see the Local Offer for SEND - Health category.
For a full list of health services in Cheshire East please visit NHS Choices - Health services near you. This can be used to find a local GP, Hospital or Dentist as well as Pharmacies, amongst other health services.