The GPC and NHS Employers have agreed changes to the GP contract for 2017/18 that will see the unplanned admissions DES scrapped and extra funding to deliver a 1% pay rise for GPs and practice staff, cover CQC fees and help pay for rising indemnity costs.
Practices are now required to routinely identify and review patients over 65 with moderate or severe frailty. Practice manager Fionnuala O'Donnell provides advice on how to do this and highlights some useful resources.
There are a number of key deadlines for practices in England if they are to receive correct payments and meet contract requirements.
From 1 April all practices in England and Wales are entitled to reimbursement payments towards the cost of providing cover for GPs who are off work through sickness for periods of two weeks or more.
From 1 July 2017 practices will be contractually required to identify and manage patients aged over 65 who are living with moderate to severe frailty. This article has been updated to include links to new guidance.
Fees and information for vaccination programmes in 2017/18.
All practices are contractually required to allocate a named accountable GP for all patients. This is a continuation from 2016/17
It is a contractual requirement for practices to identify newly-registered patients who are drinking at increased or high-risk levels. Patients identified as at risk should also be screened for depression
All practices must have a patient participation group under the GMS contract. Medeconomics explains what practices need to do to meet the contract requirements.
Under the GMS contract practices are required to participate in digital services including referral management, online ordering of repeat prescriptions, interoperable records, patient access to their patient record and online appointment booking.
Medeconomics explains what practices are required to do when it comes to publishing details of their GPs' earnings.
GP contract funding for Wales will rise around £27m in 2017/18 under a deal announced by health secretary Vaughan Gething.
Practices in Wales are no longer required to demonstrate achievement in QOF clinical indicators totalling 165 points, but will still receive payment for them, following changes to the framework for 2017/18.
GP funding in Scotland will rise £250m per year by 2021 with responsibility for vaccinations stripped from GMS contracts to ease practice workload, Scottish health secretary Shona Robison has announced.
The Scottish GPC and Scottish government have agreed to extend existing GMS arrangements into 2017/18 and revealed that some services could be removed from the contract later in 2017 with practices retaining the associated funding.
A summary of what is involved in the learning disabilities health check scheme ES for England.
Details of the enhanced service for minor surgery.
A summary of what is involved in the extended hours health check scheme ES for England.
Details of the directed enhanced service (DES) for oral anticoagulation with warfarin.
Details of the directed enhanced service (DES) for care homes for Wales.
Details of the directed enhanced service (DES) for mental health for Wales.
Changes to funding for 2017/18.
Accountant Laurence Slavin provides advice to PMS practices facing a reduction in funding in the wake of their PMS review.
It is essential to highlight the difference your services make to patients and outcomes, supported by strong evidence, writes Dr Anita Sharma.
NHS England announced on Monday that local areas teams should begin a review of all the PMS contracts under their supervision, and that review must be completed by 31 March 2016.
We asked medical accountants what factors PMS practices should take into account when considering a switch back to the GMS contract.