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
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.
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:
- the Care Quality Commission (CQC) - our Memorandum of Understanding
- NHS England - our partnership agreement
- the NHS Trust Development Authority - our partnership agreement
- Healthwatch England - our Memorandum of Understanding
- the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
- the National Quality Board
- the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)