Guidance

Planning for contract transfer

Dear colleague letter from the Deputy NHS Chief Executive regarding transfer of contracts to new contracting authorities by April 2013.

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Dear colleague letter from David Flory.

Implementation of the Health and Social Care Bill will require PCTs to transfer approximately 75,000 clinical service contracts or agreements. Whilst recognising that the Bill remains subject to Parliamentary approval, PCT clusters need to start planning now to ensure that contracts will be safely and effectively transferred to new contracting authorities by April 2013.

Following a detailed assessment of contract transfer risk with a small sample of PCTs, we have developed a national framework and timescale for contract transfer and some supporting tools to assist PCT and SHA clusters to manage this process.