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Who we are

Championing better health and care for all

The British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA) brings industry together to shape and improve the health and care of all.

We are a not-for-profit trade association in the healthcare and assistive technologies arena, working on behalf of our members to improve industry standards and consumer protection. Our more than 400 members of retailers, installers, service providers, distributors and manufacturers, employ over 18,500 people and provide essential equipment and services to both the public and private sectors.

Through our interaction and engagement with regulatory and standards-setting bodies, both domestic and international, BHTA is at the forefront of improving standards for the provision of quality healthcare and assistive technology products and services.

Each and every BHTA member commits to adhering to our Code of Practice the first and only code in the healthcare industry to have been approved by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI). This code ensures that those who need our members’ products and services can trust that the company is professional, ethical, and has their best interests at heart.

Our vision and mission

We work to shape and improve the future of the healthcare and assistive technologies industry for the benefit of all:

Our vision

Fair and equitable UK health and social care systems, where people have access to the right product and service, at the right time, at the right value.

Our mission

To champion our members, protect consumers, shape policy, and drive standards.

Our four core values

At the core of the BHTA are four values, which we maintain whenever we represent our members and our industry:

Member focused

We dedicate all our efforts to supporting the needs and enhancing the experience, of our members


We reach out and work with stakeholders who share our vision of better healthcare for all


We ensure all our actions are transparent and ethical to uphold our reputation of trust and integrity


We foster a culture devoted to providing exceptional service for members, and to championing the industry

Our history: 100+ years of supporting industry

Learn more about our fascinating and storied history.

Our people

Our people are at the heart of the association – find out more about them.

Do you share our vision?

If you share our belief in an ethical market and vision of better health and care for all, find out more about how we work to support our members.