Supporting commissioners

NHS England supports the commissioning system to be highly effective through:

  • funding an extensive research programme providing the evidence needed to transform services and improve outcomes
  • Commissioning Support Units (CSUs), which provide a wide range of commissioning support services
  • the Lead Provider Framework (LPF) which offers a fast and simple way for commissioners to source some or all of their commissioning support needs
  • the Commissioning Capability Programme which provides bespoke and tailored support delivered through place-based solutions to equip commissioners with the skills to deliver on both the challenges of today and the challenges of tomorrow. The programme is designed to follow the needs of commissioning organisations and is co-designed with them.