Operating Framework for the NHS in England 2012-2013

Title of driver: The Operating Framework for the NHS in England 2012-2013

Source: The Department of Health

Link to main document

Publication format: PDF (via webpage)

Date of publication: 24th November 2011

Summary of driver: This document sets out the main planning framework, key financial assumptions and national targets for the NHS across all areas of activity.  The four priorities for the NHS over the next 12 months are:

  1. improving the quality of basic care for older and vulnerable patients
  2. maintaining a strong grip on performance including waiting times, finance and key quality measures
  3. meeting the ongoing quality and productivity challenge
  4. making the transition to the new health and care system.

Key features of driver:
A range of outcome measures are set out under the domains of the NHS Outcomes Framework.

  • PCT allocations will grow by at least 2.5 per cent in 2012/13 and PCT clusters must ensure all patients are seen on the basis of clinical need.
  • The running cost of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) will be £25 per head and the tariff price adjuster will see a reduction of at least 1.5 per cent.
  • All NHS trusts are expected to achieve NHS foundation trust (FT) status by April 2014 other than by exceptional agreement.
  • There are key areas for improvement of dementia and care of older people, carers support, and military and veteran health.
  • CQUIN (Commission for Quality and Innovation) will be increased to 2.5 per cent on top of actual ‘outturn’ value.
    (Source: NHS Confederation Briefing Dec 2011)
    Link here for a guide to the Operating Framework as well as mindmaps to help you navigate the structure of the framework (produced by the NHS Confederation).

Link here for main points of the operating framework and its implications for primary care (produced by Primary Care Commissioning).

In March 2012 the Department of Health produced a special issue of the month on the passing of the Health and Social Care Bill and what this means to the NHS now and from 2013/14, including a series of updates in each of the key areas around the transition programme.

Primary audience: All NHS Trusts.

Impact on library policy/practice: Library and information services are likely to feel the effects of efficiency savings and structural changes across the NHS.  Library staff can play a key role in identifying the best evidence on which to base decisions surrounding QIPP, reorganisation and change.

Case studies / Local service profile examples mapping to this driver: None as of 16.4.12

Date last updated: 16.4.12

Due for review: 16.4.13

Group member responsible: Not yet identified


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