Services may be commissioned in four ways :
|*||Nationally, arranged through the National Specialist Commissioning Advisory Group (NSCAG);|
|*||Primary Care Trusts acting collectively through Regional or sub-Regional arrangements for Specialised Services;|
|*||At Primary Care Trust level for Out of Area Treatments, for certain limited services commissioned directly by the Primary Care Trust (e.g. screening services) and for Primary Care Trusts acting collectively;|
|*||By Primary Care Trusts, acting individually or as part of a commissioning consortia.|
The costs of a Service Agreement accrue to the organisation responsible for commissioning the treatment. For OUT OF AREA TREATMENTS, costs accrue to the NHS Trust's main commissioner (normally the PCT with the highest value of Service Agreements with the NHS Trust).
This data element is also known by these names:
|plural||NHS SERVICE AGREEMENTS|