NHS commissioners: documents and guidance

Guidance and information for NHS commissioners, who buy healthcare services on behalf of patients.

Events and webinars

Find out more about Monitor’s upcoming events and webinars for commissioners.

Procurement, choice and competition

As an NHS commissioner, you procure high-quality, efficient healthcare services that meet the needs of patients and protect patient choice.

You can find out more in this collection of publications on procurement, choice and competition.

  1. Procurement, patient choice and competition regulations: guidance
  2. Regulations on procurement, patient choice and competition
  3. NHS procurement, choice and competition: ask a question or make a complaint
  4. NHS healthcare providers: working with choice and competition
  5. Choice and competition: hypothetical scenarios for NHS healthcare providers
  6. Making choice work well in NHS adult hearing services: resources for commissioners
  7. Improving GP services: commissioners and patient choice
  8. NHS adult hearing services in England: exploring how choice is working for patients
  9. Improving community services
  10. NHS walk-in centre services in England: review
  11. General practice services: research project
  12. A fair playing field for the benefit of NHS patients

Commissioner requested services

You must designate which healthcare services should continue to be provided locally if any individual provider fails financially. These designations need to be sent to Monitor.

Licensed providers of NHS services

You need to check that the providers you contract with hold an NHS provider licence, unless they’re exempt.

The NHS payment system

Monitor and NHS England invite you to take part in shaping the development of the NHS payment system. You can find out more in this collection of publications on the payment system.

  1. NHS National Tariff Payment System 2016/17: a consultation document
  2. Approved costing guidance
  3. 2016/17 national tariff proposals: currency design and relative prices
  4. 2016/17 national tariff proposals: annexes
  5. Engagement on 2016/17 national tariff proposals
  6. Tariff arrangements for your 2015/16 NHS activity
  7. National tariff payment system 2015/16: a consultation notice
  8. National tariff payment system 2014/15
  9. NHS providers and commissioners: submit locally determined prices to Monitor
  10. The NHS payment system: Monitor and NHS England's plans for 2015/16

Integrated care

As a commissioner, you work with local providers to develop and fund better and more integrated patterns of care.

About Monitor

  1. About Monitor: an introduction to our role
  2. Monitor's strategy for 2014 to 2017
  3. Monitor’s annual plan for 2014/15
  4. Closing the NHS funding gap: how to get better value healthcare for patients
Published 22 May 2014
Last updated 13 November 2015 + show all updates
  1. Added resources for commissioners on making choice work well in NHS adult hearing services.
  2. Added an update on the tariff arrangements for 2015/16.
  3. 'Estimating NHS and social care spend: a tool for commissioners' has been added to the collection
  4. Added the publication: 'Integrated care: how to comply with Monitor’s requirements'
  5. Added the NHS National Tariff Payment System 2015/16: engagement documents
  6. First published.