NHS Standard Contract deeds of variations now available

As in previous years, all commissioners and providers are required to vary all contracts, which will run on beyond 31 March 2013 in order to incorporate policy requirements for the coming commissioning year.

For the year 2013/14 these policy requirements are those set out in the NHS Commissioning Board’s publication Everyone Counts: Planning for Patients 2013/14 and supporting guidance.  In addition, contracts need to be varied to reflect the new and developing organisational structure and regulatory framework put in place by the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and supporting secondary legislation.

These nationally mandated variations may be effected either by means of the transfer of the existing contract into an eContract or by means of a deed of variation, in the form of the relevant template detailed below:

Deeds of variation now available:

Deeds of variation to be released by 8 March 2013

Full guidance on National Variations to existing contracts is available from the NHS Standard Contract eContract portal and the NHS Standard Contract area.