In December 2006, the Department of Health issued its second Operating Framework, which provides a set of rules and guidance for NHS organisations in England for the year ahead.
Aimed primarily at managers and clinical staff, the operating framework for 2007/8 is the latest in a series of explanatory documents that aim to explain the purpose of NHS reforms and add detail on how those reforms should be carried out.
This briefing outlines the main points in the operating framework for 2007/8 and provides some analysis of the content. In addition, it discusses the implications of two of the accompanying documents recently issued by the Department of Health.
The first of these documents focuses on the new model contracts, the second, on care and resource utilisation.