Completed projects

New Models of Contracting
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Over the past few years, there has been increasing interest among healthcare policy makers in new models of contracting, which, it is thought, may have the potential to improve integration of services and allow better use of resources. This project, which commenced in 2015, focuses on three such new contractual models (‘alliancing’, ‘prime contractor models’ and ‘outcomes based contracting’). The overall purpose is to investigate why commissioners choose particular models of contracting, and what they think such models can achieve; to explore the characteristics of these new contractual forms, in particular how outcomes are measured and/or financial risk is shared between the parties; how the NHS standard contract is used in conjunction with the new models of contracting; and how the new contractual models contribute to the improvement and reconfiguration of services.