NHS Shared Planning Guidance

NHS Operational Planning and Contracting Guidance 2019/20

The Government announced a five-year funding settlement for the NHS in June 2018. The new settlement provides for an additional £20.5 billion a year in real terms by 2023/24. In response, the NHS has published a Long Term Plan on 7 January and 2019/20 will be the foundation year which will see significant changes to the architecture of the NHS, laying the groundwork for implementation of the Long Term Plan.

This full Planning Guidance replaces the Preparatory Guidance published in December 2018 and covers system planning, the financial settlement, full operational plan requirements, and the process and timescales around the submission of plans. It is being published along with five-year indicative CCG allocations.

View the NHS Operational Planning and Contracting Guidance 2019/20 – this is an updated version of the document published on 21 December 2018 which now incorporates minor changes. These changes are detailed in Corrections to NHS Operational Planning and Contracting Guidance 2019/20.

NHS Operational Planning and Contracting 2019/20: annexes

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.

Previous shared planning guidance

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

Lessons learned from contract dispute resolution