Demonstrating NHS Constitution principles

NHS Constitution logoThe NHS was created out of the ideal that good healthcare should be available to all, regardless of wealth. When it was launched in 1948, it was based on three core principles:

  • That it meet the needs of everyone.
  • That it be free at the point of delivery.
  • That it be based on clinical need, not ability to pay.


We are committed to delivering services which are based on the three core principles of the NHS. We demonstrate our commitment through:

  • Ensuring all patients who are high risk (e.g. have a high BMI(Body Mass Index), or potential cancer) who are referred to us receive the appropriate treatments within the appropriate timescales. This limits delays to patients care and treatment.
  • We provide intensive care beds, dedicated resuscitation teams with experienced surgeons and anaesthetists, seven days a week, 365 days of the year.
  • All appointments are free at the point of care.
  • We can provide urgent and emergency care.
  • The Trust’s integrated IT systems allow all diagnostic results to be available direct to GPs. This means that there are no delays by patients having to chase results from external organisations.
  • The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has rated Bolton NHS Foundation Trust as “good” – one of only about 25% of trusts in the country to achieve this standard.

The effectiveness of our commitment to the core principles of the NHS can be demonstrated through the positive feedback we have received from patients and users of our service which can be viewed here.

You can find a copy of the Trust Constitution here.