HOPE UK member organised on 29-30 October 2015 a study visit for senior healthcare professionals, managers and policy makers on “Assuring quality in the English NHS”. The English NHS has seen significant reforms in the past 5 years, with an increasing focus on the quality of care provided. This study tour is aimed at clinical and managerial colleagues working in senior operational, policy or strategic roles in other European health systems. The two-day programme will provide delegates with a deeper knowledge of the NHS in England, including how healthcare is purchased and regulated from both a financial, quality and safety perspective. Additionally, there will be a strong focus on the largest component of the workforce in the NHS - its nurses - and how important nurses and nurse leadership is in providing and maintaining quality.