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CSP offers guidance for new commissioning agenda

‘Don’t worry – but do act!’ That’s the message to members facing the introduction of any qualified provider (AQP) commissioning in 2012.

From April, all English trusts are due to open community and mental health services to competition so that any qualified provider can bid to provide services.

Already, primary care trust clusters have identified which clinical areas they have chosen to go out to AQP.

The new arrangement could mean that several physiotherapy providers are approved within a geographical area, but they will have no guaranteed level of referrals.

‘People need to be aware which services in their area have been allocated for AQP and what the impact – and opportunities – will be,’ said Steve Tolan, CSP professional adviser.

‘It’s vital that physios, whether in the NHS or independent sector, develop relationships with GPs as they are the source of referrals,’ said Mr Tolan.

The latest guide from the CSP on AQP is due to be published shortly.

Full details of all services going out to AQP are shown in an interactive map available at www.supply2health.nhs.uk

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