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Management of patients with severe frailty under the 2017/18 GP contract

Management of patients with severe frailty under the 2017/18 GP contract

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.

How physician associates can help general practice

How physician associates can help general practice

The GP Forward View promised 1,000 physician associates to support general practice by 2020. Dr Peter Dixon explains how these health professionals are trained and the role they can undertake within practices.

Details of the GP Retention Scheme 2017

Details of the GP Retention Scheme 2017

Under the 2017/18 GP contract a new GP Retention Scheme began in April 2017, replacing the Retained Doctor Scheme.

How 'active signposting' can benefit practices

How 'active signposting' can benefit practices

Active signposting is one of the 10 high impact actions that practices can take to free up GP time, according to NHS England. But what does it mean in practice? Rima Evans reports.

Mental health DES 2017/18 - Wales

Mental health DES 2017/18 - Wales

Details of the directed enhanced service (DES) for mental health for Wales.

Care homes DES 2017/18 - Wales

Care homes DES 2017/18 - Wales

Details of the directed enhanced service (DES) for care homes for Wales.

Oral anticoagulation with warfarin DES for 2017/18  - Wales

Oral anticoagulation with warfarin DES for 2017/18 - Wales

Details of the directed enhanced service (DES) for oral anticoagulation with warfarin.

Extended hours access enhanced service 2017/18

Extended hours access enhanced service 2017/18

A summary of what is involved in the extended hours health check scheme ES for England.

Providing online services - GMS contract requirements

Providing online services - GMS 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.

Patient participation contract requirements

Patient participation contract requirements

All practices must have a patient participation group under the GMS contract. Medeconomics explains what practices need to do to meet the contract requirements.

Alcohol-related risk reduction GMS contract requirements

Alcohol-related risk reduction GMS contract requirements

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

Minor surgery enhanced service 2017/18

Minor surgery enhanced service 2017/18

Details of the enhanced service for minor surgery.

Named accountable GP for patients - GMS contract requirements

Named accountable GP for patients - GMS contract requirements

All practices are contractually required to allocate a named accountable GP for all patients. This is a continuation from 2016/17

Key dates for practices in 2017/18

Key dates for practices in 2017/18

There are a number of key deadlines for practices in England if they are to receive correct payments and meet contract requirements.

Learning disabilities enhanced service requirements 2017/18

Learning disabilities enhanced service requirements 2017/18

A summary of what is involved in the learning disabilities health check scheme ES for England.

CPD requirements for pharmacists in general practice

CPD requirements for pharmacists in general practice

Dr Ivana Knyght explains CPD requirements for pharmacists, how practices can support their pharmacists' CPD and highlights some useful resources.

Becoming a dementia-friendly practice

Becoming a dementia-friendly practice

How can practices become dementia-friendly and what are the benefits of doing so? Rima Evans reports.

Changes to GP sickness leave payments

Changes to GP sickness leave payments

From 1 April all practices in England 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.

Changes to the QOF in Wales for 2017/18

Changes to the QOF in Wales for 2017/18

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.

A guide to tax for practice managers

A guide to tax for practice managers

The taxes practice managers need to understand to help ensure the practice's finances stay on track. By Jenny Stone.

What do the Five Year Forward View's 'next steps' mean for general practice?

What do the Five Year Forward View's 'next steps' mean for general practice?

NHS England's Next Steps on the Five Year Forward View sets out its vision for the NHS over the next two years, including changes for general practice.

Practices to pay increased employer pension contributions from April

Practices to pay increased employer pension contributions from April

GP practices will pay employer contributions on NHS pensions at an increased rate of 14.38% from April, the government has confirmed.

Demonstrating that your GP locums are self-employed

Demonstrating that your GP locums are self-employed

Changes to IR35 mean that from April 2017 it is now the responsibility of GP practices to ensure their locums' employment status is correct. Katie Singer explains what this means and provides a model contract that practices can use.

Tool allows practices in England assess impact of 2017/18 GP contract on income

Tool allows practices in England assess impact of 2017/18 GP contract on income

NHS Employers has produced a 'GMS Ready Reckoner' to enable practices in England to see how their income is likely to be affected by changes to the GMS contract that are due to be introduced from April 2017.