Contract Changes 2014/15 (June 2014)
NHS Employers and the General Practitioners Committee (GPC) of the British Medical Association have agreed changes to the General Medical Services contract for 2014/15 for England.
A number of documents have been published to support GP practices and NHS England area teams in the implementation of the 2014/15 contract changes:
- 2014/15 GMS Contract Guidance and Audit Requirements – including core contractual requirements and enhanced services
- 2014/15 Vaccinations and Immunisations Guidance and audit requirements
- 2014/15 QOF Guidance
- Avoiding unplanned admissions enhanced service – 2014/15 guidance, audit requirements and stand alone templates
- Word templates to support the Patient Participation enhanced service - how to get started guide and reporting template
- Word template letter/leaflet to inform patients aged 75 and over of their named GP
- GMS and PMS regulations for 2014/15
- Statement of Financial Entitlement amendment 2014
- DES Directions 2014
- APMS Directions 2014
- NHS England have published a letter setting out how the changes are to be applied to PMS contracts and standard contract implementation documentation which are available here.
The Technical Requirements for 2014/15 GMS Contract Changes is available here. NHS England, NHS Employers and the HSCIC are seeking to finalise the arrangements to support the Avoiding Unplanned Admissions enhanced service as soon as possible. Initial READ2 and CTV3 codes to support this service should be published by the end of April. Further details will follow by the end of May 2014.
The codes for recording patients named GP for this ES will be the same as those already published for ‘Named GP for over 75s'.
GMS and PMS Regulations for 2014/15
The new GMS and PMS regulations for 2014/15 have been laid before parliament and will come into force on 1 April 2014. This gives effect to those aspects of the 2014/15 contract agreement that are core contractual requirements for all GP practices.
- Enhanced Service (ES) on avoiding unplanned admissions and proactive case management
- Quality and outcomes framework (England)
- Named GP for patients aged 75 and over
- Quality of out of hours services
- Publication of GP earnings
- Friends and Family Test (It will be a contractual requirement for practices to undertake the Friends and Family Test from December 2014)
- Choice of GP practice
- Patients needing access to a practice clinician after assessment
- CQC inspections
- Patients and information
- Enhanced services
- GP pay and expenses
Please see Avoiding Unplanned Admissions for futher guidance.