Increasing patient choice
Any Qualified Provider (AQP) is a work programme that is enabling the Government to fulfil its commitment to increase choice and personalisation in NHS funded services for patients and the public. AQP was 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 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.
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
Archived AQP service lines are advertised at http://online.contractsfinder.businesslink.gov.uk which also contains more information on AQP.