NHS Operational Planning and Contracting Guidance

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2021/22 priorities and operational planning guidance

The 2021/22 priorities and operational planning guidance sets the priorities for the year ahead, against a backdrop of the challenge to restore services, meet new care demands and reduce the care back logs that are a direct consequence of the pandemic, whilst supporting staff recovery and taking further steps to address inequalities in access, experience and outcomes.

Read a copy of the 2021/22 priorities and operational planning guidance
Read a copy of the Implementation Guidance
Read a copy of the Guidance on finance and contracting arrangements for H1 2021/22

Previous planning guidance

Third phase of NHS response to COVID-19 (Published July 2020)

NHS Operational Planning and Contracting Guidance 2020/21 (suspended March 2020 in response to COVID-19 pandemic)

NHS Operational Planning and Contracting Guidance 2019/20

NHS Operational Planning and Contracting 2019/20: annexes

NHS Standard Contract – The NHS Standard Contract is mandated by NHS England for use by commissioners for all contracts for healthcare services other than primary care. The Contract (in full-length and shorter-form versions) has now been updated for 2019/20.

Section 3 of the Operational Planning Guidance included work on the Evidence Based Interventions Programme which CCGs are required to implement. Further information is available in the Evidence-Based Interventions: Response to the public consultation and next steps document.

Section 3.6 refers to the independent review of the CCG’s achievement of the Mental Health Investment Standard. The document “Assurance Engagement of the Mental Health Investment Standard – briefing for Clinical Commissioning Groups” gives further information. See also the frequently asked questions for independent review of Mental Health Investment Standard (MHIS) for 19/20.

Refreshing NHS Plans for 2018/19

Technical Guidance for Refreshing NHS Plans for 2018/19

Operational Planning and Contracting Guidance for 2017-2019

NHS Shared Planning Guidance 2016/17-2020/21

NHS Shared Planning Guidance 2015/16

NHS Shared Planning Guidance 2014/15-2018/19

Guidance on the cash and capital regime for 2020/21