Developing the national tariff

Updates on the development of the NHS payment system, including news on payment systems in development, the current national tariff payment system and supporting information, and access to past tariffs.

Latest news

Publication of 'Key areas of work for the 2020 national tariff'

On 4 November 2019 we published the document Key areas of work for the 2020 national tariff. This document forms a key part of the engagement work we have been undertaking since the summer on the 2020 national tariff and sets out some of the most notable policy areas we are currently considering, with a particular focus on blended payments.

The document also reflects updates to policies that were presented in the tariff engagement workshops and webinars in August and September 2019, primarily changes to the blended payment approaches for maternity and outpatients and moving to pilot an approach for adult critical care, rather than proposing to mandate it.

You can download the document and find further information on the tariff enagement process, along with a link to a survey on the tariff proposals, on the page Key areas of work for the 2020 national tariff.

Local variations published

We have published the local variations that have been submitted to date, using the simplified local variations template

Commissioners should submit completed templates by 30 June 2019 or within 30 days of agreement being reached.

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Current payment system, guidance and support

Access to past national tariffs

The national tariff payment system replaced the previous Payment by Results system from 2014/15. Below you can download all formal documents and policies from each previous tariff year. All consultation and other supporting documents are also available, please contact pricing@improvement.nhs.uk if you wish to access any of these.

National tariff 2016/17: documents and policies ZIP, 20.6 MB

National tariff 2016/17: documents and policies

National tariff 2015/16: documents and policies ZIP, 30.9 MB

National tariff 2015/16: documents and policies

National tariff 2014/15: documents and policies ZIP, 9.3 MB

National tariff 2014/15: documents and policies

Contact us

If you have any questions on any aspect of the tariff please email pricing@improvement.nhs.uk.

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