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Any Qualified Provider

Any Qualified Provider

Since April 2012, patients have more choice about which health services they can use within the NHS.

The Any Qualified Provider (AQP) scheme means that, for some conditions, patients will be able to choose from a range of approved providers, such as hospitals or high street service providers.

Patients and GPs can choose a service based on what's important to them – perhaps one that is closer to home, has a shorter waiting list or better outcomes.

These services will remain free for patients to use and access to them will be based on clinical need, in line with the NHS Constitution.

See the Any Qualified Provider map to find out which AQP services patients will be offered a choice of in your area.

You can find out more about the scheme, including quality standards requirements for providers, at the Any Qualified Provider resource centre. Alternatively, you can email


Page last reviewed: 01/02/2012

Next review due: 01/02/2014

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