As a person living in England, there are a number of rights to which you are entitled. In order to make sure that you are receiving the care and treatment that is right for you, it is important that you understand your rights and what they mean for you as a person living with atopic dermatitis (also known as atopic eczema).
The NHS has set out these rights, together with a number of pledges that it is committed to achieve, as part of the NHS Constitution.i The Constitution highlights the importance of patients having a voice in decisions about their care and provides information on how you can have a say. It also outlines what patients, the public and staff can expect from the NHS in England. All NHS organisations, private and third sector providers supplying NHS services are required by law to take account of the Constitution in their decisions and actions.
This document summarises what you should expect from your interactions with the NHS and what this means for you specifically as a person living with atopic dermatitis.