Any Qualified Provider (AQP) is a means of delivering choice, increasing quality of services and driving innovation. In 2012/13, following local engagement with patients and the market, PCTs selected at least three services to deliver choice for patients from Any Qualified Provider and the implementation of these services is now well under way. In 2013/14 and henceforth, CCGs will decide if, when and how to use competition to drive up quality, enable innovation and improve services for patients.
Andrew Smith, the Any Qualified Provider Programme Lead will take you through a session to help commissioners to understand some of the background to where we are with AQP and when, how and why to use AQP to commission quality services, focusing closely on:
•Some of the services that are more suitable for AQP and those which are not – as well as looking at some of the other options for securing services that exist beyond AQP
•Using the AQP Qualification Process to ensure that providers are rigorously and consistently assessed
•Reviewing services selected for extension of AQP so far, and sharing best practice
•Outlining the resources and tools available to commissioners to assist them in procuring services using AQP