We are the sector regulator for health services in England. Our job is to protect and promote the interests of patients by ensuring that the whole sector works for their benefit.
Monitor is examining the commissioning and provision of GP services in England to see if there are barriers preventing patients from securing access to the best possible care.
The NHS provider licence allows us to set prices for NHS-funded care, tackle anti-competitive practices that are against the interests of patients, protect essential services for patients, and enable better integration of care. Foundation trusts are required to hold a licence, and independent providers of NHS-funded services will need a licence from 1 April 2014.
Monitor and NHS England are working together to design a comprehensive NHS payment system that will deliver better quality services for patients at a cost that is sustainable.
Monitor has achieved value for money in regulating NHS foundation trusts, and has generally been effective in helping trusts in difficulty to improve, according to a new report by the National Audit Office.
Our latest quarterly report shows NHS foundation trusts are performing well in providing quality services to patients in challenging economic times.
The Secretary of State for Health is looking to appoint two Non-Executive Directors to our Board.
This document sets out our plans for the NHS payment system this coming year and how we're engaging the sector earlier and more actively along the way.
Our latest quarterly report (October - December 2013) summarises key trends drawn from foundation trusts' individual reports.
This updated guidance sets out our approach to costing in 2013/14 and we are encouraging providers of NHS-funded services to adopt this approach.
These workshops, run jointly with NHS England will help commissioners to understand how to use choice and competition in the interest of patients, with the opportunity to ask questions and discuss local issues and challenges.
As part of our commitment to work with commissioners to ensure patients receive the best possible care we will be exhibiting as well as participating in panel discussions and strand sessions.
Monitor will be exhibiting at this important conference which will focus on 'the Future of Mental Health'.