As expected the end of the calendar year has been a busy time with the publication and update of the contractual frameworks, tariff and payment by results information, all of which are included in detail. In addition to this there have been further updates in relation to outcome based commissioning, changes in the AQP processes and new EU directives on public procurement have been agreed at Council and now are in the process of adoption by member states, with a 2 year implementation window.
The last three months have brought us many updates across the contracting spectrum including the eagerly anticipated NHS Standard contract 2014/15, the refreshed eContract Portal for 14/15 and publication of the 14/15 National Tariff.
This version of the Commercial Update focuses on the standard contractual changes and also summarises the highlights from the last three months, including the afore mentioned publications and details of other guidance across a range of topic areas. These include mental health, commissioning for value, adult social care, HIV and sexual health planning.