As a strategic health authority NHS North West provides leadership for all NHS organisations across the region.
We make sure that NHS services in the North West provide high-quality, clinically-safe services and spend taxpayers' money properly. Improving public health and reducing health inequalities are also important strategic objectives.
We have overall responsibility for the performance of 24 primary care trusts (PCTs), 23 acute trusts, eight mental health trusts, seven specialist trusts (including children’s cancer and learning disability) and the North West Ambulance Service.
We have a role to play in helping trusts achieve foundation status and we also support trusts and PCTs to improve their performance, make their services more accessible and develop the skills of their workforces.