2017-19 NHS Standard Contract: updated October 2017

The NHS Standard Contract is mandated by NHS England for use by commissioners for all contracts for healthcare services other than primary care.

Consultation – October 2017

The NHS Standard Contract was issued in November 2016 to cover the two-year period from April 2017 to March 2019. NHS England committed to forego any major review of all aspects of the NHS Standard Contract for 2018/19. However we did make clear that, should there be any significant legislative or policy changes, it would be necessary to issue a National Variation to the Contract. With the recently announced changes to ambulance response standards, a National Variation is now required.

We have now published, for consultation, proposals for in-year National Variations to the NHS Standard Contract 2017/18 and 2018/19 (Full Length) and to the NHS Standard Contract 2017/18 and 2018/19 (Shorter Form).  We have also published the associated Technical Guidance in draft form.

The consultation papers below describe the main, material changes we are proposing in the Contracts, and we would welcome comments from stakeholders on our proposals.

Comments on the National Variations should be sent by 10 November 2017 to england.contractsengagement@nhs.net. We also welcome feedback on the draft Technical Guidance.