In a move to help local organisations to plan more strategically, NHS England and NHS Improvement have published the NHS planning guidance three months earlier than normal and cemented a two-year approach to planning and contracting services.
Launched on 22 September, the guidance will be underpinned by a two-year tariff and two-year NHS Standard Contract.
It provides an update on the national priorities for 2017/18 and 2018/19 – distilled into nine ‘must dos’ – and details the longer term financial challenges for local systems.
To support members with making sense of the 23-page document, we have compiled a quick guide of the main points.
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