NHS England has published 37 nationally consistent commissioning policies as part of its role as a direct commissioner for some non-specialised services. These are policies for those services which are commissioned for serving armed forces personnel and their families, and for those in detained settings, e.g. prisons, only. They do not apply to services commissioned by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) on behalf of their local populations.
These service-specific policies are applicable to this defined population only. The service-specific policies are interim and will be subject to full public consultation next year.
NHS England has adopted, in their existing form, a number of interim generic policies which underpin its direct commissioning responsibilities. These interim policies were put in place from 1 April 2013 and set the overall parameters within which care will be evaluated, planned and delivered.
Following their publication, the interim policies will be subject to a programme of engagement with patients and the public over the next 6-12 months to further refine them and agree final versions.