Simon Stevens became the new Chief Executive of NHS England replacing Sir David Nicholson on 1st April 2014. In his opening speech he suggested the focus should be on quality, a sustainable and future-proofed local health system delivered through CCGs and provider Trusts refining their new two and five year plans and unleashing innovation and improvements.
The last three months have brought us many updates across the contracting and procurement spectrum including the NHS Constitution next steps, NHS England’s Business Plan and a number of strategy updates and improvement plans. All of this are referenced within this update.
This version of the Commercial Update also focuses on commissioning tools, contractual changes, procurement updates, useful Kings Funds publications and details of other guidance across a range of relevant subjects.