The Framework for NHS Involvement in International Development

NHS Involvement in International Development

The Framework for NHS Involvement in International Development was launched on 25 March 2010. It was developed to provide greater clarity on how NHS agencies and individuals can best maximise their potential to contribute in a sustainable and appropriate way to capacity building in developing countries. The framework covers five key areas:

  • the UK policy context;
  • the key principles for effective involvement in international development;
  • the benefits of NHS involvement in international development;
  • the architecture for NHS activity to support developing countries; and
  • good practice for organisations, individuals and employers


It builds on the Department of Health’s 2003 International Humanitarian and Health Work Toolkit to Support Good Practice. The framework’s development is the result of the commitment set out in Global Health Partnerships: The UK contribution to health in developing countries: the Government Response (March 2008), which was led by the Department of Health and the Department for International Development.

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