Commercial update

Navigating commercial developments within the NHS

Contracting and provider management has developed significantly within the NHS over the last few years from Service Level Agreements to the use of full commercial contracts.

With the healthcare market expanding and the numbers of providers offering NHS treatments increasing, robust contracts and efficient management of those contracts is essential. The Standard NHS Contract offers a fair framework upon which to build, and provides flexibility of levers and clauses that can be used to manage providers and get the very best from them for local health economies.

The recommendations from the Mid Staffs Public Inquiry and NHS England’s Business Plan focus on the importance of strong commissioning and the responsibility of Commissioners to work in an open and collaborative way with their Providers to ensure their population receives the care they need.

This update aims to summarise key drivers and responsibilities for Commissioners and link to resources and documents that offer guidance on both contract management and wider commercial issues such as Monitors ‘Fair Playing Field Review’. To see the update in full and read more about our services visit Contract Management.