Any Qualified Provider (AQP)

Increasing patient choice

Any Qualified Provider (AQP) is a work programme that will enable the Government to fulfil its commitment to increase choice and personalisation in NHS funded services for patients and the public. AQP is being implemented following a national listening exercise to consider which health services would benefit from having increased choice.  Service providers can apply to be a specific AQP service based on quality not price.

Patients referred to the new AQP services will be able to choose from a list of ‘qualified’providers who meet agreed service quality requirements. Selected AQP services will start to be available from October 2012.

AQP Aims and Objectives

The strategic aims of AQP are to:

  • Increase choice and access of health service providers for patients.
  • Improve quality and outcomes of health services.
  • Drive innovation and efficiency of health services.

Patients referred to the new services made available under AQP will be able to choose from a list of ‘qualified’ providers who meet agreed service quality requirements, through a locally agreed specification.

The CCG’s role

The Department of Health expects each CCG to choose to undertake three out of eight specified service lines for the implementation of Any Qualified Provider (AQP).

Further information

All AQP Service lines are advertised on Contracts Finder which also contains more information on AQP.