The NHS Standard Contract is mandated by NHS England for use by commissioners for all contracts for healthcare services other than primary care. The 2014/15 NHS Standard Contract is available for use by commissioners both in paper form and as an electronic document through the eContract system.
Like the 2013/14 Contract, the 2014/15 NHS Standard Contract comprises three parts:
The eContract allows tailoring of the contract to reflect the specific services provided, so that the relevant Service Conditions and Schedules appear. We strongly recommend that commissioners utilise the eContract system.
National Variations to prior year NHS Standard Contracts
Guidance on the process to effect the mandatory 2014/15 National Variation to existing contracts the terms of which extend beyond 31 March 2014 is available here:
The simple template Variation Agreement for use when effecting the 2014/15 National Variation by Option 1 (Updating existing eContract) or Option 2 (Transfer to eContract) is available here:
The following National Variation Agreements, for use when effecting the 2014/15 National Variation by Option 3 (not using the eContract system) are available here:
National Variation Agreements for contracts in 2011/12 form are available here:
The Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) scheme for 2014/15 provides a national framework through which organisations providing healthcare services under the NHS Standard Contract can earn incentive payments of up to 2.5% of their contract value by achieving agreed national and local goals for service quality improvement. The CQUIN guidance provides details about the operation of the CQUIN scheme for 2014/15 and sets out the mandated national indicators.
Following stakeholder feedback, the Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) guidance originally published in December 2013 has been reissued. A summary of the changes is provided in Appendix D of the CQUIN Guidance.
Model Collaborative Commissioning Agreements
Fair Deal for Staff Pensions
Changes to the 2014/15 Contract
A clause-by-clause guide identifying what has changed, what has moved and what has stayed the same for 2014/15 is contained in Appendix 1 of the Contract Technical Guidance.
These documents are designed to support you in the use of the contract. However, where you require clarification and additional support, this can be obtained by contacting us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Previous contracts and guidance:
There is a clear expectation that providers and commissioners will have signed contracts in place for the provision of NHS services by 28 February 2014. Where this has not been achieved and a contract between provider and a commissioner remains unsigned, both parties will now automatically trigger the dispute resolution process.