Wellbeing East Midlands Bulletin - May 2016


Shorter-form NHS Standard Contract for 2016/17: User guide now available

The NHS Standard Contract must be used by NHS commissioners (Clinical Commissioning Groups and NHS England) when commissioning clinical healthcare services other than primary care. Until now a single (tailorable) version of the NHS Standard Contract has been published. But now, for the first time, an alternative, shorter, form may be used in certain circumstances


A User Guide to the shorter-form Contract user guide is now available on the NHS England website

This Guide is about the new shorter-form version of the NHS Standard Contract. It is for commissioners and providers who may use the shorter-form Contract, and who will have to deal with contracts. It explains when and how the shorter-form Contract should be used. 

This shorter-form Contract is one third of the length of the existing full-length version and is much simpler and less burdensome. It may be used for commissioning of relevant clinical services with effect from April 2016.


The shorter-form Contract is intended to be used when NHS commissioners commission clinical healthcare services of relatively low complexity and value. It must not be used for contracts for any service for which the National Tariff guidance sets a mandatory national price (whether or not that mandatory national price is to be the subject of a Local Variation or Local Modification). 


New Care Models Mark Their First Year


Vanguards are part of the national new care models programme which is playing a key role in the delivery of the Five Year Forward View – the vision for the future of the NHS. Samantha Jones, Director of the New Care Models Programme, reflects on the progress they have made over the last year


The 50 vanguards, who are spread across different parts of the country, are redesigning and transforming care for patients, communities and staff. Read more about the Vanguards in the East Midlands  on our Introduction to the New Care Models: Vanguard Sites



NHS England Plan - Transforming General Practice


The General Practice Forward View sets out a plan to support the transformation of general practice over the next five years and improve services for patients. By 2020/21 there will be an extra £2.4 billion a year going into general practice. In addition, there will be a one-off, five year £500 million investment to support GP practices.

The General Practice Forward View includes plans to grow the workforce, increase use of technology, develop better premises and improve the way services are provided so patients have better access to the right service at the right time.

For more information: https://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/gpfv/


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