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Commercial skills for the NHS

Strategy for supporting staff to develop their commercial skills

'Commercial Skills for the NHS' sets out a strategy for supporting staff to develop their commercial skills and for supporting local commissioners and providers by facilitating access to specialist commercial expertise and infrastructure at regional and national level.  This strategy aims to contribute to improving quality and productivity in the commissioning of services provided to patients and in the procurement of goods and services used by the NHS.  The document supersedes Necessity not Nicety – a new commercial operating model for the NHS (Department of Health; May 2009).

This document is referenced in the NHS Operating Framework for 2010/11. It should be read in that context and also in conjunction with the PCT Procurement Guide for Health Services the Principles and Rules for Cooperation and Competition and the national standard contracts guidance.