Operating framework 2008/9

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In December 2007, the Department of Health issued its third Operating Framework, which provides a set of priorities and guidance for the NHS for the next financial year.

The operating framework is aimed at NHS trusts, strategic health authorities (SHAs) and primary care trusts (PCTs).

It sets out national priorities for organisations to follow and, like last year, has been published alongside a number of other documents, including new guidance about managing competition and an updated standard contract for PCTs to use with NHS hospital trusts.

This briefing summarises the main points from both the operating framework and supporting documents and offers some analysis of their content.