About Monitor

As the sector regulator for health services in England, Monitor's job is to make the health sector work better for patients.

Who Monitor are

Monitor is an executive non-departmental public body of the Department of Health based in Wellington House in London.

Read this introductory leaflet to find out more about their role. You can also learn more about their structure in this organisation chart.

Monitor's responsibilities

Within England, they make sure:

  • independent NHS foundation trusts are well-led so that they can provide quality care on a sustainable basis
  • essential services are maintained if a provider gets into serious difficulties
  • the NHS payment system promotes quality and efficiency
  • procurement, choice and competition operate in the best interests of patients

They are committed to preserving the values of the NHS as a universal health service, free at the point of use, as set out in the NHS Constitution.

You can find out about your local NHS foundation trust and Monitor's role.

Our priorities

From 2015 to 2016 Monitor's priorities will be to:

  • provide support, alongside partner organisations as appropriate, to NHS foundation trusts to improve their institutional and individual capabilities
  • reduce the risk that failings go uncorrected for any significant period
  • make sure rules operate in the best interests of patients
  • work closely with our partner organisations, nationally and locally

Monitor's strategy 2014 to 2017 describes Monitor's mission, responsibilities and values.

Who we work with

They work with partners such as the Care Quality Commission, NHS Trust Development Authority and NHS England to make sure their efforts are complementary.

They work closely with their partners because they can do a better job for patients that way. They regularly share information with partners and work together to address problems with care when needed.

They work particularly closely with: