Standard contract and incentives
The FTN works closely with members and NHS England to influence the development of the NHS Standard Contract, alongside the wider incentives and penalties regime, to ensure a balanced and useable contract for public providers.
We have inputted to recent reviews of the 2014-15 standard contract, e-contract and development of the incentives and penalties regime. Our written responses are available below.
We use a group of interested members to test drafts of contract changes as well as engaging with the whole membership to get feedback on the key issues with the contract.
We want to move towards a more mature contracting model which enables commissioners and providers to agree a mutually advantageous and beneficial contract, willingly entered into at a local level. This contrasts with the current model of a single, inflexible, nationally imposed contract which is overloaded with mandated national policy requirements. We also want to challenge the whole basis of levying financial fines and penalties on providers when they simply result in poorer care for patients - because of provider financial loss. The system needs to find other contractual levers which do not adversely impact patient care. Finally, individual elements of the contract such as the C. diff and MRSA penalty regimes and standard contract length need to be changed.
28 August 2013 |
The FTN's response to the consultations on the 2014-15 standard contract and incentives review.
1 February 2013 |
This paper contains the FTN's views on the draft standard contract documentation for 2013-4, submitted in December 2012.
30 March 2012 |
An FTN briefing on the Clostridium Difficile targets and policy. The briefing examines how the way that the targets have been set has led to the unintended consequences of high performing trusts bein...
30 March 2012 |
DH official guidance (March 2012) on the new methodology for testing and reporting of Clostridium Difficile infections