Service provider?You'll find information for hospitals in our Guidance for providers section.
Hospitals can offer a wide range of services (a general hospital) or be specialised. The Royal Marsden Hospital in London, for example, specialises in cancer treatment and research while Papworth Hospital, near Cambridge, specialises in the heart and lungs.
Most general hospitals will offer accident and emergency (A&E), maternity, surgery, care for the elderly and outpatient services.
Hospitals in England generally fall into one of two categories: those run by the NHS and those that are independent, for example those run by private companies or charities.
Types of hospital
- provide their services free at point of delivery
- generally have links with the local community
- usually come under the local health trust.
- often charge for the services they provide
- may be run by private companies or charities.
Find out about how we inspect and regulate hospitals.
Find out about how we use data to monitor hospitals.
Assessing how well hospitals use resources
One of the themes of our strategy for 2016 to 2020 is 'assessing how well hospitals use resources'. This is explained in more detail in the consultation document we published on 25 January. We have been and will continue to develop our plans for this with a wide range of organisations and people as part of our plans for the next phase of hospital inspections, which we consult on later in the year. We published a discussion document on this subject in October.