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A personal journey towards any qualified provider in the NHS.

Eastbourne Wound Healing Centre Community Interest Company, East Sussex.
British journal of community nursing 09/2012; Suppl:S34-7. DOI: 10.12968/bjcn.2012.17.Sup9.S34
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ABSTRACT Any Qualified Provider (AQP) is a new and exciting way of organising health care that offers patient choice and cost-effective care. But there are many rumours and 'Chinese whispers' that are causing concern among healthcare workers throughout the UK. Although not all the rumours are false, there is a general misunderstanding of what AQP can provide and its potential to raise standards and lower costs throughout the NHS. This paper asks: can its promises be achieved? It also shows how AQP may work, through a personal experience of commissioning.

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