Designing and Contracting Services Guidance

Page last updated: 21 September 2018

Intended audience: Primary Health Networks (PHNs)

This guidance addresses the key considerations for designing and contracting services as part of the PHN commissioning role, including a designing/contracting tool box.

The Department of Health and PwC produced this document in 2015-16.



The guidance covers:

  • Designing and contracting services
  • Key considerations such as joint commissioning, conflicts of interest and defining roles
  • Being ready to commission, design and contract
  • Commissioning approaches
  • A designing/contracting toolbox
  • Provider market assessment and market making
  • Provider capabilities.
Designing and Contracting Services Guidance (Word 2448 KB)
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