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The detailed National Variation Agreement template (shorter-form contracts) is used to effect the NHS Standard Contract (May 2018 edition) National Variation for 2017-19, in accordance with Option 3 in the Guidance on National Variations to existing 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017-19 (November 2016 edition) and 2017-19 (January 2018 edition) full length contracts and to existing 2016/17, 2017-19 (November 2016 edition) and 2017-19 (January 2018 edition) shorter-form contracts.