NHS education contract

From 1 April 2023, NHS England assumed responsibility for the management of the NHS Education Contract.  The contract covers both education and placement providers from 1 April 2021 until 31 March 2024.

The NHS education contract is the formal mechanism for the relationship between NHSE and providers.  The contract supports non-competitive, equitable activities listed in the Department of Health and Social Care Education and training tariff guidance and NHS Education funding guidance published yearly, regarding:

  • education and placements funding
  • salary support funding (where not directly commissioned to a provider and where not under a host/lead contract)
  • workforce development funding payments (equitable across targeted provider group(s) and not delivered through competitive process).

The contract supports a nationally consistent approach to contracting and funding for non-competitive education and training by making all parties understand how public funds are used, including:

  • multiple providers (higher education institutions [HEIs], education providers, NHS, independent, voluntary, private, and social care) and settings (such as secondary care, GP/primary care, dentistry)
  • commissioning, procuring and workforce planning arrangements with contractual and financing activities
  • the role and responsibilities of each party involved in delivering healthcare education and training
  • NHS England expectations on the outputs (volume, value, impact, quality) for the public investment received.

If you have questions about the NHS education contract, please email educationcontract@hee.nhs.uk.

To request an accessible version of any of the related documents please contact: educationcontract@hee.nhs.uk.

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