NHS Shared Planning Guidance

Refreshing NHS Plans for 2018/19

Refreshing NHS Plans for 2018/19: the November 2017 Budget announced additional NHS funding of £1.6bn for 2018/19, which will increase funding for emergency and urgent care and elective surgery.

In addition, for other core frontline services such as mental health and primary care, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is making a further £540 million available through the Mandate over the coming financial year. This joint NHS England and NHS Improvement publication sets out how these funds will be distributed and what needs to be delivered on existing priorities next year.

NHS Operational Planning and Contracting Guidance 2017 – 2019

NHS England and NHS Improvement published the 2017-19 operational and contracting planning guidance three months earlier than normal to help local organisations plan more strategically.

For the first time, the planning guidance covered two financial years, to provide greater stability and support transformation. This has been underpinned by a two-year tariff and two-year NHS Standard Contract.

The planning process has been built around Sustainable Transformation Plans so that the commitments and changes coming out of these plans translate fully into operational plans and contracts.

View the planning guidance for 2017-2019

This is an updated version of the document published on 22 September 2016. This includes a small number of minor corrections. Details of the changes are listed in Corrections to the NHS Operational Planning and Contracting Guidance 2017-2019.

Technical Guidance for Refreshing NHS Plans 2018/19

Read the technical guidance to support the submission of commissioner and provider operational planning templates:

Previous shared planning guidance

Lessons learned from contract dispute resolution