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NHS Strategic Health Authorities (SHA) are part of the structure of the National Health Service in England. In 2002, the existing NHS Health Authorities (see List of NHS Health Authorities (1996-2002)) were renamed and merged to form the 28 new Strategic Health Authorities [1] [2]. The SHAs have the Board and governance structures common to all NHS Trusts.

On April 12th 2006, Patricia Hewitt, Secretary of State for Health, announced that, following an NHS consultation, which ended on March 22nd 2006, the SHAs were to be reorganized, reducing to 10 in number. This is hoped to produce substantial financial savings.

Each SHA is responsible for enacting the directives and implementing fiscal policy as dictated by the Department of Health at a regional level. In turn each SHA area contains various NHS trusts which take responsibility for running or commissioning local NHS services. The SHA is responsible for strategic supervision of these services.


[edit] SHAs after 1st July 2006

The ten SHAs established as of 1st July 2006 are:

  1. East of England
  2. East Midlands
  3. London
  4. North East
  5. North West
  6. South Central
  7. South East Coast
  8. South West
  9. West Midlands
  10. Yorkshire and Humber

These Strategic Health Authorities are the same as the Government Office regions of England, except that the large South East England region is divided into two : South Central and South East Coast. [3].

[edit] Types of Trust under the remit of SHAs

[edit] See also

[edit] Map of SHAs before 2006 reorganization

  1. Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire SHA
  2. Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire SHA
  3. Birmingham and The Black Country SHA (West Midlands minus Coventry)
  4. Cheshire and Merseyside SHA
  5. County Durham and Tees Valley SHA
  6. Cumbria and Lancashire SHA
  7. Dorset and Somerset SHA
  8. Essex SHA
  9. Greater Manchester SHA
  10. Hampshire and Isle Of Wight SHA
  11. Kent and Medway SHA
  12. Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland SHA
  13. Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire SHA
  14. North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire SHA
  15. North Central London SHA
  16. North West London SHA
  17. North East London SHA
  18. Northumberland, Tyne and Wear SHA
  19. Shropshire and Staffordshire SHA
  20. South East London SHA
  21. South West London SHA
  22. South West Peninsula SHA
  23. South Yorkshire SHA
  24. Surrey and Sussex SHA (Surrey, East Sussex, West Sussex)
  25. Thames Valley SHA (Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire)
  26. Trent SHA (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire)
  27. West Midlands South SHA (Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Coventry) †
  28. West Yorkshire SHA

† known as the 'Coventry, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire SHA until 2004 [4]

The London breakup is

These SHAs will all be replaced by a single London SHA in 2006.

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