Primary Care Organisation: Contracts and Legal Obligations

The standard NHS acute, mental health and community contracts have been updated in recent years. The updated contracts feature a number of new opportunities for commissioners to improve and strengthen the services that they source from providers.

Information found here is aimed at supporting those involved in primary care commissioning and the creation of contracts.

In particular, effective use of the various clauses and sections within the contract can be used to support the healthcare associated infection (HCAI), agenda within organisations.

Tools developed can support in the following areas:

  • Creation of clinical service specifications detailing HCAI requirements
  • Details of specific sections and clauses that sit within the contract
  • Using these sections and clauses to create contractual levers that can be used to performance manage against the provision of services.


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