NHS Operational Planning and Contracting Guidance

Third phase of NHS response to COVID-19

Sir Simon Stevens, Chief Executive and Amanda Pritchard, Chief Operating Officer wrote out to the NHS on 31 July 2020 outlining the next steps in restoring NHS services in the remainder of 2020/21.

The letter sets out the actions needed to restore and recover services whilst maintaining capacity to deal with future COVID-19 demand and winter pressures.

Read a copy of the phase 3 letter

Read a copy of the implementing phase 3 of the NHS response to the COVID-19 pandemic guidance, version 1.1

Read a copy of the elective letter

Read a copy of the nursing and midwifery response to the third phase of the COVID-19 pandemic

Planning submission process: implementing phase 3 of the NHS response to the COVID-19 pandemic

In response to the planning letter, sustainability and transformation partnerships and integrated care systems are asked to provide draft plans by 1 September 2020, with final plans due by 21 September 2020.

Further to the letter of 31 July 2020 about the third phase of the NHS response to COVID-19, a range of supplementary materials to support implementation can be found below:

Related publications

Here you will find links to any other supporting or related publications.

Previous planning guidance

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.

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