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The Policy Navigator Library has been designed to provide users with additional information to supplement material discussed in the six timelines. The library includes a list of legislation, organisations and publications. The library does not contain information on every Act or publication mentioned in the timeline, and you may find it easier to view the timelines first before accessing content in this section. 
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Special health authorities

Special health authorities are health authorities that provide a national service. They are largely independent organisations, but can be subject to ministerial directions.

Strategic clinical networks

Strategic clinical networks bring together service users, providers and commissioners to make improvements on complex care pathways focused on major service areas such as cardiovascular, maternity, ch

Strategic Health Authorities

The National Health Service Reform and Health Care Professionals Act 2002 renamed health authorities in England as strategic health authorities (SHAs) and required the Secretary of State for Health to


The independent regulator of foundation trusts was established on 5 January 2004, and it became known as Monitor from August 2004.