Our principles

There are some important principles that every NHS organisation works to uphold. You can find out more about each of them in this section.

Our vision and values

Our mission

To enable people to improve their health and wellbeing so that they have less need of health and care services. When they do need care we will make sure services are safe and effective and delivered in ways that improve people’s experiences and outcomes.

Our vision

Our vision is of a future where more people are supported to live the lives they want. In their communities, with care and support services provided around the needs of people, that are safe and sustainable for future generations.

Our values and what we believe in


  • believe in being honest
  • want to be innovative, agile and brave
  • are passionate about making a difference to people’s lives
  • believe in strong relationships and supporting champions
  • will listen to people to understand their needs

Our aims

  1. Improve health and wellbeing.
  2. Improve experience of care.
  3. Reduce the cost of care and support.

The NHS Constitution

Since 1 April 2009 all NHS organisations have been required to have regard to the NHS Constitution in everything we do. We already consider how our Governing Body reports and papers are relevant to the constitution. We have started to conduct interviews and appraisals based on the values of the NHS that underpin all our work.

NHS Kernow Constitution

All GP practices in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are required to sign up to the NHS Kernow Constitution (PDF, 1 MB). This is an important document that details how we will conduct our business once we become the statutory body for commissioning in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

It shows how we will:

  • involve local people and organisations in our work
  • how we will procure and commission services
  • our financial management procedures
  • how our GP members work with us

It also sets out which GP practices are members and the structure and role of the locality groups.

Questions on the Constitution should be sent to our corporate governance team.

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