Any Qualified Provider

This paper looks at the introduction of the Any Qualified Provider (AQP) policy and debates the different models under which AQP may operate.

28 June 2011

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  • The concept of Any Qualified Provider is not new, it has already been used in elective care.
  • Any Qualified Provider policy proposes to widen application of the concept in order to improve quality and give choice to patients across more NHS services.
  • The challenge is how to balance increasing choice with providing continuity and integration of care.
  • This paper explains how this can be achieved by using the right levers (competition and choice) to achieve the right outcome.