In 2010 a programme of National Services was endorsed by the Minister of Health, where it was identified that a national, co-ordinated, approach was required for particular health services.
Services were considered for National Service status where they are provided in one or two DHBs for highly complex and/or high cost care, to improve access, consistency, level of investment, and clinical and financial viability. Two different approaches are in place to achieve this.
National Services – services that should be nationally planned and/or funding centrally by the Ministry of Health
National Service Improvement Programmes – services that require action from the centre to lift DHB performance, but are not requiring the additional step of Ministry purchasing – the focus is on centrally co-ordinated performance improvement activities
In this section
- The National Services Governance Group provides cross sector advice, oversight and leadership for National Services. – Read more
- Current service specifications and national service improvement programmes for National Services – Read more
- Explanation of the process to review the funding of a National Service – Read more
- Guiding principles and background information for the National Service and National Service Improvement Programme application and assessment process. – Read more
- Draft service models available for consultation with stakeholders – Read more