Readers are probably aware that the Department of Health published the 2012/13 standard NHS contract just before Christmas. This single document is for use in commissioning acute, mental health, community and ambulance services for the financial year 2012/13. It replaces the separate contract templates previously in place for each of these services.
We have now updated our short guides to include an introductory guide to the 2012/13 standard NHS contract. This should help commissioners to understand the structure and key provisions of the document as they head into the 2012/13 contracting round.