Full guidance for the 2019/20 QOF has also been published, along with case studies for the new quality improvement domain and documentation for the end-of-life care and safe prescribing modules.
In addition, NHS England has published information relating to VAT that might impact how networks are structured, although it warns that networks should take their own legal and financial advice on the potential tax implications of their arrangements.
However, a template data sharing agreement has yet to be published and the DES specification warns that this will need to be in place for the network to be approved. The guidance says this will be published 'in due course'.
The network agreement consists of a set of clauses that are mandatory and cannot be altered by networks along with a set of schedules which should be filled in by each network with its specific arrangements. The agreement and service specification also confirm that only one practice within the network can receive network funding - this must be a holder of a GMS, PMS or APMS contract.
Practices can download the documents from the links below.
Primary care networks
- Network contract directed enhanced service (DES) specification 2019/20
- Network contract directed enhanced service (DES) guidance 2019/20
- Network contract directed enhanced service network agreement (including guidance notes at the back)
- Primary care networks: Frequently asked questions
- The network contract DES and VAT information note
- 2019/20 quality and outcomes framework (QOF) - full details
- Quality improvement reporting template: Safe prescribing
- Quality improvement module documentation: End of Life Care
- 2019/20 QOF: Quality improvement case studies
- An Introduction to quality improvement in general practice
- Contract guidance and audit requirements 2019/20
- Implementing the 2019/20 GP contract: Changes to PMS and APMS contracts
- GP Contract 2019/20: NHS England enhanced service specifications (this provides links to the shingles catch-up, pertusssis, meningococcal freshers programme, childhood flu programme and flu and pneumococcal programme for 2019/20)