Any Qualified Provider
Key principles of an Any Qualified Provider approach
The following principles govern an AQP approach to contracting for healthcare services:
- Providers qualify and register to provide services via an assurance process that tests providers’ fitness to offer NHS-funded services.
- Commissioners set local pathways and referral protocols which providers must accept.
- Referring clinicians offer patients a choice of qualified providers for the service being referred to.
- Competition is based on quality, not price. Providers are paid a fixed price determined by a national or local tariff.
For a list of Gloucestershire CCG’s AQP procurement schemes, please see ‘Current Procurements’ section.