Under the new five-year GP contract practices are expected to join a network and sign up to a new network contract DES that will begin in July 2019. (This article has been updated to include new guidance on what practices need to do to become a network).
A summary of the network contract DES that applies for 2019/20 in England.
Specialist accountant Laurence Slavin highlights the financial issues that practices will need to consider as they set up primary care networks.
The network contract DES will provide funding for new staff roles in primary care, but how will this work?
The BMA has suggested five structures that primary care networks could operate under, but there are many issues that practices need to consider.
Every primary care network will need to appoint a clinical director, who should be one of the GPs from within the network. Medeconomics explains what this role involves and BMA guidance on appointing a director.
As part of the new quality improvement domain in the 2019/20 QOF, practices are required to engage in network peer review to share and discuss learning from their activities.
NHS England wants all practices to be part of a primary care network by June 2019, while the NHS long-term plan has suggested that practices will be required to sign up to network contracts in the future.
The NHS long-term plan was published this week, with a promise of increased investment and some significant changes for general practice. Medeconomics highlights the key points.
The NAPC's primary care home model aims to provide a new way of delivering primary care at scale. Rima Evans looks at how pilot site Larwood and Bawtry has used the initiative to deliver benefits to patients and staff.
New research on providing GP services at scale shows that successes have been limited and 'hard-won'. Stephanie Kumpunen explains how the lessons learned by the early adopters can help others work at scale more effectively.
Martin Ramsey has supported a number of practices to merge or federate, he offers advice on how to ensure an 'at-scale' approach to primary care is successful.