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Consultation on guidance for commissioners

Published on: 16 August 2012

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This consultation provides a draft of the guidance that we will publish to support commissioners with the process of designating services which should be protected. This consultation closed on 22 November 2012.

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About continuity of health services and Monitor's new role

Monitor will support commissioners to make sure that services continue to be available to those who need them, even in the rare event of the failure of a health care provider. In the event of failure, certain key services will be 'protected', ensuring that they cannot close without adequate replacement.

The guidance and The Designation Framework (in annex 1) set out an end-to-end process that will guide commissioners from initiating the process of designating services as Commissioner Requested Services under Monitor's provider licence, through to finalising their decision about which services to protect in the rare event of provider failure.

Decision-making tool for defining Commissioner Requested Services / Protected Services

We have produced an interactive self-assessment tool that allows clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to define Commissioner Requested Services / Protected Services within their organisations, download the Excel-based toolkit here. A brief technical guide that outlines the structure and format of the toolkit can be downloaded here.

Thank you for your responses

The consultation closed on 22 November 2012. We published a summary of consultations on 28 March 2013 alongside the final guidance.


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