Any Qualified Provider (AQP) is an important tool available to commissioners to ensure patients are offered the highest quality community services in a setting that suits them. This film informs clinicians, commissioners and patients about choice of AQP.
The film shows how patients in the town of Saltash in Cornwall are beginning to benefit from choice of AQP. A small independent provider talks about his plan to deliver higher quality hearing services to patients in his local community. We hear from a patient representative who hopes that an increase in providers will reduce waiting times and improve quality.
When a service is commissioned using choice of Any Qualified Provider, any provider which meets the strict NHS standard qualification process, can provide a service locally. An AQP can be from the NHS, charity or independent sector. Patients go to the provider of their choice, based on quality and individual preferences. Competition will be on quality, not price. Services are already being delivered in over 30 different service areas.
Developed in partnership with ITN, the film was initially shown at the NHS Alliance Conference in November 2012.
More resources at the AQP Resource Centre