Standards of corporate governance and financial management: guidance for independent sector providers of NHS services

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This guidance is relevant to licensed independent sector providers of commissioner requested services (CRS).

The continuity of services (CoS) licence conditions contained in Section 5 of the NHS provider licence provide regulatory protection which is specifically targeted at ensuring continuity of CRS.


The guidance brings together key elements of good practice to help providers of CRS adopt and apply adequate systems and standards of corporate governance and financial management as required by licence condition CoS3 (standards of corporate governance and financial management).

Published July 2021.