The NHS Standard Contract is mandated by NHS England for use by commissioners for all contracts for healthcare services other than primary care.
The Contract (in full-length and shorter-form versions) has now been updated from the 2016/17 to the 2017/18 – 2018/19 version. A summary of the changes we have made to the Contracts can be found in section 3 of the NHS Standard Contract Technical Guidance and in the Summary of key changes documents below.
The full –length NHS Standard Contract 2017/18-2018/19 comprises three parts:
The NHS shorter-form Contract 2017/18-2018/19 also comprises three parts:
If you have a query on the NHS Standard Contracts, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to be added to our stakeholder list to receive updates on the NHS Standard Contracts, please email your contact details to: email@example.com.
The NHS Standard eContract system is now available.
The eContract hosts both the full-length and shorter-form Contracts and allows tailoring of the contract to reflect the specific services provided, so that only the relevant Service Conditions and Schedules appear. We strongly recommend that commissioners and providers utilise the eContract system.
If you have a query on the eContract system, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact support and other publications
- NHS Standard Contract 2017/18-2018/19 Technical Guidance
- NHS Standard Contract 2017/18 and 2018/19 Template SDIP for Sustainability and Transformation Fund performance
- Shorter-form Contract User Guide
- Shorter-form Contract interactive PDF
- Data Sharing Requirements to support Development of Urgent and Emergency Care Dashboards – Guidance for Data Providers
- UEC Analytics Model – minimum data requirements (updated 27.01.17 to improve quality of data item definitions, describe data sources, and to support clinical hub pilot work in 111).
National Variations to 2017/18 and 2018/19 NHS Standard Contracts
Guidance on the process to effect the mandatory 2017-18-2018/19 National Variation to existing contracts, the terms of which extend beyond 31 March 2017, and the National Variation templates are available below:
- Guidance on National Variations to existing 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17 full length contracts and 2016/17 shorter-form contracts
- National Variation Agreement for existing 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17 form full length contracts
- National Variation Agreement for existing 2016/17 shorter-form contracts
- Simple National Variation Agreement template 2017-19
Local Variations to 2017/18-2018/19 NHS Standard Contracts
- Guidance on the Variations Process (full-length and shorter-form contracts) – (republished August 2017)
- Variation Agreement (for use with full-length or shorter-form contract) – (republished August 2017)
NHS Standard Sub-contract
- NHS Standard Sub-Contract for the Provision of Clinical Services 2017/18 and 2018/19 (full length and shorter-form versions) Guidance
- Template Sub-Contract for the provision of clinical services (for use with NHS Standard Contract (Full Length) 2017/18 and 2018/19) – (republished August 2017)
- Template Sub-Contract for use with the NHS Standard Contract 2017/18 and 2018/19 (Shorter Form) – (republished August 2017)
- Template Sub-Contract for the provision of clinical services (for use with NHS Standard Contract (shorter-form2017/18 and 2018/19) TUPE Provisions
Model Collaborative Commissioning Agreements:
- Model Collaborative Commissioning Agreement (single contract option)
- Model Collaborative Commissioning Agreement (multiple contract option)
Fair Deal for Staff Pensions
Provisions Applicable to Primary Care Services
Please note that Schedule 2L will be updated shortly.
Proforma Contract Management Forms and Change in Control Notification
The following audio presentations are available on the NHS England YouTube channel:
- Presentation 1 (approx. 20 mins) – Overview of the NHS Standard Contract
- Presentation 2 (approx. 32 mins)- New policy requirements
- Presentation 3 (approx. 22 mins) – Contract management
Presentations (slide pack only)
NHS Standard Contracts 2017/18 and 2018/19 Equality Impact Analysis
- Equality Impact Analysis (Updated August 2017)
Summary of key changes made in response to consultation feedback
Changes to the 2017/18-2018/19 Contract and Consultation drafts
Delta View comparison documents showing the changes made from the 2016/17 Contract to the 2017/18-2018/19 Contract are available here:
- Particulars full length comparison
- Service Conditions full length comparison
- General Condition full length comparison
- Particulars shorter-form comparison
- Service Conditions shorter-form comparison
- General Condition shorter-form comparison
Delta View comparison documents showing the changes made from the consultation drafts of the 2017/18-2018/19 Contract published in September 2016 to the final draft published in November 2016 are available here:
- Particulars full length consultation draft comparison
- Service Conditions full length consultation draft comparison
- General Condition full length consultation draft comparison
- Particulars shorter-form consultation draft comparison
- Service Conditions shorter-form consultation draft comparison
- General Condition shorter-form consultation draft comparison
Accountable Care Organisation (ACO) variant of the NHS Standard Contract
The prototype template Accountable Care Organisation (ACO) variant of the NHS Standard Contract has now been published on the New Business Models webpage together with a set of supporting documents that provide additional information. This Contract must not be used for the commissioning of services without the express approval of NHS England, obtained through the Integrated Support and Assurance Process (ISAP). The Contract will be the subject of a further consultation exercise in 2018.
Consultation – September 2016 (Now closed)
We have now published, for consultation, the draft NHS Standard Contract (in both full-length and shorter-form versions) for 2017/18 and 2018/19. We have also published the associated Technical Guidance in draft form.
The consultation paper below describes the main, material changes we are proposing in the Contracts for 2017/18 and 2018/19, and we would welcome comments from stakeholders on our proposals, along with any other suggestions for improvement.
Comments on the draft Contracts should be sent by 21 October 2016 to email@example.com. We also welcome comments on the draft Technical Guidance.
- Draft NHS Standard Contract for 2017/18 and 2018/19 (full-length and shorter-form versions): A consultation
- NHS Standard Contract 2017/18 and 2018/19 Particulars (full length) (draft for consultation)
- NHS Standard Contract 2017/18 and 2018/19 Service Conditions (full length) (draft for consultation)
- NHS Standard Contract 2017/18 and 2018/19 General Conditions (full length) (draft for consultation)
- NHS Standard Contract 2017/18 and 2018/19 Particulars (Shorter Form) (draft for consultation)
- NHS Standard Contract 2017/18 and 2018/19 Service Conditions (Shorter Form) (draft for consultation)
- NHS Standard Contract 2017/18 and 2018/19 General Conditions (Shorter Form) (draft for consultation)
- NHS Standard Contract 2017/18 and 2018/19: Draft Technical Guidance
Engagement – August 2016 (Now closed)
We are now engaging with stakeholders about how we can improve the NHS shorter-form Contract for 2017/18. Commissioners and providers are welcome to provide feedback using a short questionnaire, by Friday 16 September 2016. If you have already provided feedback on the shorter-form Contract as part of the NHS Standard Contract 2017/18 engagement during July – August 2016, there is no need for you to respond to this engagement on the shorter-form Contract, unless you wish to do so.
Engagement – July 2016 (Now closed)
We are now in the early stages of developing the NHS Standard Contract and the NHS shorter-form Contract for 2017/18.
From NHS England’s perspective, our key priority for 2017/18 is to work with New Models of Care Vanguards to develop tailored contracts and contracting models to deliver New Models of Care (especially the PACS and MCP models). With this in mind, we are intending to make only essential changes to the Contract for 2017/18.
We are keen to ensure that people who use the Contract in practice – commissioners and providers – have the opportunity to feed in their views about changes which they would like to see for 2017/18. If you would like to make comments or suggestions, about the Contract itself or our Contract Technical Guidance, please email these to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 3 August 2016.
We plan to run an additional engagement on the NHS shorter-form Contract during the autumn.
Previous contracts and guidance
- The NHS Standard Contract published since 2013/14 and supporting documents are available via the navigation at the top of this page.
- Previously published NHS standard contracts are available from the Department of Health website.