Guidance on the NHS standard contract for care home services

This guidance document provides support to commissioners and providers in implementing the 2011/12 NHS Standard Contract for Care Home services.

The care homes contract is a one-year interim contract to be used when contracting for NHS funded care home services.

The guidance sets out how the contract should be used and provides explanation on some of the key elements of the contract.


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  • The development of the care homes contract has been guided by two principles:

    • Quality improvement is at the heart of the standard contracts. The contracts are the means by which commissioners encourage and reward the provision of good quality services for their local populations.
    • The established principle is to have a standard form of contract for use across all NHS funded services covering all types of provider and all types of services with deviations from this only where such deviation is necessary to reflect the type of care being provided.