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2020/21 NHS standard contract underlines the role of primary care networks

 

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2020/21 NHS standard contract underlines the role of primary care networks

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 2020/21. A summary of the changes can be found in section 3 of the technical guidance and response to consultation documents. The technical guidance reminds commissioners of the requirement for integrated system working including the role of primary care networks (PCNs). It makes specific reference to support for PCNs to deliver the enhanced health in care homes service and of the role of PCNs in improving community mental health services. All the relevant documents can be found on the NHS England website.