What is an NHS-controlled provider?
NHS-controlled providers are providers who are:
- Not NHS trusts or NHS foundation trusts
- Required to hold a provider licence
- Ultimately controlled by one or more NHS trusts and/or foundation trusts, where ‘control’ is defined on the basis of IFRS 10
Further information on our oversight of NHS-controlled providers can be found under Monitoring and enforcement.
Existing licence holders
If you currently hold an NHS provider licence as an independent provider and now meet the definition of an NHS-controlled provider, you need to:
- Make a request for your independent provider licence to be withdrawn. From the date of revocation your independent provider licence will no longer apply
- Apply for an NHS-controlled provider licence.
If you do not currently hold a licence
Request the withdrawal of your independent provider licence
- Requesting the withdrawal of your NHS provider licence: This document contains guidance on requesting withdrawal of your NHS provider licence. It is intended for independent providers and NHS-controlled providers.
- Request form for withdrawal of an NHS provider licence
Apply for an NHS-controlled provider licence
You should read NHS-controlled provider licensing application guidance before completing the application form.
- Licensing application guidance for NHS-controlled providers
- NHS-controlled provider licence application form
You should send your completed licence application form to NHSI.Licensing@nhs.net.
For enquiries relating to the licence application process, please contact our licensing team at NHSI.Licensing@nhs.net.