NHS Operational Planning and Contracting Guidance

2021/22 priorities and operational planning guidance

The NHS Operational Planning Guidance for 2021/22 published in March 2021 sets out our priorities for the year. The updated guidance for the second half of the year reconfirms these priorities and reflects the financial settlement for the NHS for the final 6 months of the year and the challenges that we must meet over this period, including seasonal pressures that are likely to be exacerbated by the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

October 2021 – March 2022 (H2)

2021/22 priorities and operational planning guidance: October 2021- March 2022
Guidance on finance and contracting arrangements for H2 2021/22
Submission guidance
Activity, performance and workforce technical definitions

Guidance published in March 2021

2021/22 priorities and operational planning guidance
Implementation Guidance
Guidance on finance and contracting arrangements for H1 2021/22

Other useful links

Previous planning guidance

Third phase of NHS response to COVID-19 (Published July 2020)

NHS Operational Planning and Contracting Guidance 2020/21 (suspended March 2020 in response to COVID-19 pandemic)

NHS Operational Planning and Contracting Guidance 2019/20

NHS Operational Planning and Contracting 2019/20: annexes

NHS Standard Contract – 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 for 2019/20.

Section 3 of the Operational Planning Guidance included work on the Evidence Based Interventions Programme which CCGs are required to implement. Further information is available in the Evidence-Based Interventions: Response to the public consultation and next steps document.

Section 3.6 refers to the independent review of the CCG’s achievement of the Mental Health Investment Standard. The document “Assurance Engagement of the Mental Health Investment Standard – briefing for Clinical Commissioning Groups” gives further information. See also the frequently asked questions for independent review of Mental Health Investment Standard (MHIS) for 19/20.

Refreshing NHS Plans for 2018/19

Technical Guidance for Refreshing NHS Plans for 2018/19

Operational Planning and Contracting Guidance for 2017-2019

NHS Shared Planning Guidance 2016/17-2020/21

NHS Shared Planning Guidance 2015/16

NHS Shared Planning Guidance 2014/15-2018/19

Guidance on the cash and capital regime for 2020/21