Read transcript of Any Qualified Provider webchat

The transcript of the recent webchat with the Department of Health’s AQP team is now available to read.

Any questions that the team did not have time to respond to during the webchat have been answered on this website.

In the meantime, more information is available on the Frequently Asked Questions page of the AQP Resource Centre.

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11 Responses to Read transcript of Any Qualified Provider webchat

  1. Mike Vaughan says:

    As a nursing home provider, how does AQP differ from us agreeing to the new NHS Framework contract that was due to launch on 1st April (now delayed)?

    Clients requiring care homes already have choices of which home they would like, although this is often not made clear by local authority commissioners. How does AQP differ?

    • Hester@DH says:

      Hi Mike,

      Apologies for the delay in responding to your query. AQP is a way for health commissioners to procure services for their local population and is being implemented in certain community and mental health services. Where a service has been commissioned using an AQP model, patients are offered a choice of provider. I have been advised by my colleagues in social care policy that it has been the case for many years that a similar system has operated in social care – although in social care the great majority of places in care and nursing homes in England are provided by independent operators.

      If they do not provide care in a home they operate themselves, local authorities are, and have always been, free to contract with their chosen provider. Choice for residents of the home they are placed in is covered by the National Assistance (Choice of Accommodation) Directions, issued in 1992, which are intended to ensure that, where a local authority arranges a placement in a care home, individuals are able to exercise choice, within reason, about where they live. The Directions require local authorities to arrange a placement in a person’s choice of accommodation provided that:

      • the accommodation is suitable in relation to the individual’s assessed needs
      • to do so would not cost the local authority more than what it would usually expect to pay for accommodation for someone with the individual’s assessed needs
      • the accommodation is available
      • the provider of the accommodation is willing to provide it subject to the local authorities’ usual terms and conditions.

      In certain circumstances, local authorities can make placements in more expensive accommodation than they would usually expect to pay for, provided a third party is willing and able to pay the difference in cost between the fee and what local authorities would usually expect to pay for accommodation for someone with the individual’s assessed needs.

      This is slightly different to AQP as there is a standardised qualification process each provider must successfully complete before it can receive patients. If clinically appropriate, patients can choose any provider listed on the local choice menu for the service, because they have all been previously qualified. For care homes, there is no such qualification process, however local authorities do contract with care homes and all homes must be registered with the CQC to operate. Local authorities will assess any person’s needs when they apply for or request care. If someone does not wish to be placed in a home with which the LA has an existing contract, they can request a different home.

      Under AQP, all providers must agree to the price set by the NHS commissioner. NHS patients cannot be treated by more expensive providers, even if they wish to top-up the payments.

      If you have any further queries about social care policy, please email the social care policy team directly at SCPI-Enquiries@dh.gsi.gov.uk

      Regards
      Hester Wadge
      Policy and Briefing Manager, Any Qualified Provider, DH

  2. Michael Gould says:

    Am I correct in the belief that Buckinghamshire is an area not nominated for AQP musculoskeletal care?

    • Hester@DH says:

      Hi Michael,

      Yes, we have been advised by NHS South that, following patient engagement, Buckinghamshire will be implementing AQP in adult hearing services, diagnostics and continence services in 2012-13. You may wish to check the latest position with the PCT Cluster directly.

      Regards
      Hester Wadge
      Policy and Briefing Manager, Any Qualified Provider, DH

  3. Nick Pahl says:

    As CEO of the British Acupuncture Council, I was disappointed to see that the British Acupuncture Council was not stated in the AQP pack for MSK services.

    The British Acupuncture Council is the UK’s largest professional body, with over 3,200 traditional acupuncturists.. Acupuncture can support patients suffering with musculoskeletal pain (NICE Guideline CG88 supports the use of acupuncture for lower back pain – according to this guideline, acupuncture is significantly better than no intervention and also significantly better than standard/best medical care). There is also evidence that traditional acupuncture is beneficial for a variety other MSK conditions.

    • Hester@DH says:

      Hi Nick,

      We have been very clear that it is for commissioners to decide which service areas will benefit from implementing AQP locally, and commissioners will set the service specification. The AQP Implementation Pack for back and neck pain services supports the use of acupuncture for lower back pain, reflecting the national NICE guidance. Providers who wish to respond to local AQP offers will need to demonstrate that they are able to meet the full qualification criteria, including the relevant clinical qualifications and professional registrations, including those required to offer acupuncture.

      As we have previously advised, the implementation packs were developed by volunteer NHS Lead PCT clusters, working with a range of healthcare professionals, national stakeholders and DH policy leads. The packs are not mandatory and commissioners are free to set the service specification to meet local needs.

      Regards
      Hester Wadge
      Policy and Briefing Manager, Any Qualified Provider, DH

  4. Jan Olsen says:

    Looking at the AQP web site it appears that MSK is not on the priority list in Sussex. Does this mean that for MSK AQP funding will not be available at all in this area?

    • Hester@DH says:

      Hi Jan,

      We have been advised by NHS South that, following patient engagement, Sussex will be implementing AQP in adult hearing services, diagnostics and wheelchair services in 2012-13. You may wish to check the latest position with the PCT Cluster directly. However it’s worth clarifying that AQP is just a procurement method for commissioners that results in multiple providers, offering patients a choice of provider. There is no associated extra funding with AQP implementation and those areas which have not selected MSK for implementation of AQP will still provide an MSK service for their population.

      Regards
      Hester Wadge
      Policy and Briefing Manager, Any Qualified Provider, DH

  5. Dean Holliday says:

    Will the webchat be available to listen back to at another point ?

    • Web editor@DH says:

      Hello Dean

      The transcript of the webchat will be available on this page as soon as the webchat has finished.

  6. Julie Burnage says:

    If AqP is to help small and medium businesses how do they afford to get onto choose and book and how can they get N3 connectivity in a timely and cost effective way?