NHS Operational Planning and Contracting Guidance 2017 – 2019
NHS England and NHS Improvement have published this year’s operational and contracting planning guidance three months earlier than normal to help local organisations plan more strategically.
For the first time, the planning guidance covers two financial years, to provide greater stability and support transformation. This is underpinned by a two-year tariff and two-year NHS Standard Contract.
It provides local NHS organisations with an update on the national priorities for 2017/18 and 2018/19, as well as updating on longer term financial challenges for local systems.
- The planning process has been built around Sustainable Transformation Plans so that the commitments and changes coming out of these plans translate fully into operational plans and contracts
- The timetable has been brought forward to enable earlier agreement locally about contracts
- Adjustments have been made to national levers such as tariff and CQUIN to support local systems in implementing service transformation
- In line with our expectation of greater collaboration between organisations locally, there will be a single NHS England and NHS Improvement oversight process providing a unified interface with local organisations to ensure effective alignment of CCG and provider plans.