NHS Choices

NHS Choices is the UK's biggest health website. It provides a comprehensive health information service that puts you in control of your healthcare.

The website helps you make choices about your health, from decisions about your lifestyle, such as smoking, drinking and exercise, to finding and using NHS services in England.

NHS Choices includes around 20,000 regularly updated articles. There are hundreds of thousands of entries in more than 50 directories that you can use to find and choose health services in England.

It draws together the knowledge and expertise of; NHS Evidence; Information Centre for Health and Social Care; Care Quality Commission (CQC); and many other health and social care organisations.

Since the integration of the online arm of NHS Direct (Oct, 2008), NHS Choices has provided a single public website for health and the NHS in England (NHS Choices, 2011).

Please find below a number of different links to areas of the website where practice managers and clinicians can obtain further information and support (Please note that NWW links are for users of the NHS network only):


To contact the NHS Choices helpdesk, please email thechoicesteam@nhschoices.co.uk. The helpdesk supports all professional staff on using the site including managing service profiles, patient feedback and content such as the Information Prescription tool.

Profile and Feedback Resource

This is the profiles and patient feedback hub on NHS Choices, providing insight and briefings to aid providers and commissioners. All mailed briefings can be found on these pages.




You can sign up to using NHS Choices content on third party websites, including NHS contractors, on these pages. Click on the NHS organisation tab for more information.



Downloading Posters

NHS Choices has produced a number of posters for use in promoting profiles, patient feedback, reduction in DNAs and inappropriate admissions. These can be freely downloaded on the page linked below.



Practice-based Editing (GP Practices only)

This is the shortcut for GP practices to edit their profiles on NHS Choices. The nww link takes the user directly to the profile page on the NHS network - this is a faster link. NWW links are for users of the NHS network only. 



The LifeCheck Tool

This is an on-line tool for members of the public to assess their lifestyle and set themselves health goals.



Various Clinical Hubs

The following are dedicated clinical hubs for professionals wishing to use NHS Choices content to support patient interactions:





NHS Network Links





If you require further information or assistance with NHS Choices, please contact the email detailed above.