Under the GMS contract for 2015/16 all patients shoudl have been allocated a named accountable GP. Practices are required to continue doing this under the GMS contract for 2016/17.
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In addition to the ‘informing patient of named accountable general practitioner’ code, practices are also required to use the ‘patient allocated named general practitioner’ code for named GP for patients aged 75.
Practices can decide how to inform patients of their named GP. GMS guidance says patients can be informed at the first appropriate interaction with the practice.
Practices must make a reasonable effort to accommodate patients who express a preference for a particular GP.
If a named GP is unavailable for a significant period – for example because they are on maternity leave – patients should be assigned a replacement accountable GP.
All practices should state on their website and practice leaflet that patients have a named GP who is responsible for their overall care at the practice. Patients should be told that they can contact the practice if they want to know who this is – and that if they have a preference about their GP the practice will make reasonable efforts to accommodate this.
The named GP will take responsibility for the coordination of services required under the contract and ensure they are delivered to each of their patients where required.
For patients aged over 75 the GP will also work with relevant health and social care professionals to deliver a multidisciplinary care package and ensure patients have access to a health check.
Practices should review whether a change of named GP is required for patients when they reach 75.