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Clinical Needs of strategic priority as defined by regional healthcare organisations

Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs)
Important notice: Strategic Health Authorities are being disbanded during 2012, and new structures are being built up. Further updates will be given when the landscape becomes clearer.

Strategic Health Authorities are currently the regional bodies established to support NHS Trusts within their regions. They are responsible for:

  • Developing plans for improving health services in their local area.
  • Making sure local health services are of a high quality and are performing well.
  • Increasing the capacity of local health services so they can provide more services.
  • Making sure national priorities (for example, programmes for improving cancer services) are integrated into local health service plans.

Strategic Health Authorities manage the NHS locally and were a key link between the Department of Health and the NHS.

Importantly for business, each SHA currently holds a legal duty to promote innovation, raising the profile of innovation and encouraging a more rapid adoption of innovation throughout the health service. 'Innovation Leads' are employed in each Authority to deliver this requirement.