Complementary and less detailed information (including an ‘easy read’ version) for patients and public on how they can get involved in primary care commissioning is available on the NHS England website. Together, these resources are designed to support transparency, inclusiveness and accountability in how primary care is commissioned in England.

Legal duty to involve the public in commissioning under Section 13Q of the Health and Social Care Act 2006 (as amended) applies.

NHS England is committed to involving patients and the public at each stage of the commissioning cycle for primary care services. The cycle refers to the different activities which make up the process of planning and buying services, ensuring that they meet the needs of the population and are being delivered to the right quality standards and within the available financial resource.