The NHS Trust Development Authority (NHS TDA), Monitor and NHS England jointly implemented a controls process over consultancy spend among NHS providers and NHS commissioners.
From 2 June 2015, NHS Trusts are required to secure advance approval from the NHS TDA before:
- signing new contracts for consultancy projects over £50,000;
- extending or varying existing contracts or incurring additional expenditure to which they are not already committed (where the total contract value exceeds £50,000).
Also, from 2 June 2015, NHS Trusts must send the NHS TDA a post implementation report on all procured and let consultancy projects, detailing the benefits and value-added of these and identifying where intellectual property of wider benefit to the NHS has been created. Where contracts are multi-year, TDA may request interim reporting.
Guidance for Trusts is available at the following links: