All CSP members and service managers need to be aware of AQP developments in their local area.
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Although Any Qualified Provider has been operating for acute elected services in England for some time, the Government’s intention is for all NHS services in England to be subject to either AQP or Competitive Tender (except in certain specialist areas such as Accident & Emergency) by 2013/14.
The AQP approach to NHS-funded services in England has the potential to change working arrangements and employment conditions beyond recognition.
AQP allows patients to choose any provider -- from the NHS, private or voluntary sector -- providing they meet certain quality standards and prices and their GP agrees that their condition warrants referral.