This guide aims to support all those in NHS England, local authorities and clinical commissioning groups with responsibility for commissioning sexual health, reproductive health and HIV services. Produced by PHE in partnership with NHS England, the Local Government Association, the Association of Directors of Public Health and the Department of Health, it focuses on pulling the whole system together to ensure that service users experience integrated, responsive services that deliver the best outcomes.
The guide sets out 12 key principles for best practice commissioning. It provides clarity on commissioning responsibilities across the system, makes the case for whole system commissioning and describes levers and mechanisms available to enable and support this. It identifies how commissioners can work together collaboratively to deliver improved outcomes for service users and populations and suggests how best to commission services where more than one commissioning body is responsible.
Fifteen case studies describe existing and emerging practice to illustrate how commissioners are working collaboratively to meet the needs of their local populations. Annexes provide supplementary information including links to other key documents and an overview of the structures and responsibilities of NHS England and Public Health England.