GMS contract changes 2015/16

GP taking blood pressure

30 / 9 / 2014 1.25pm

Dear colleague

I am writing to let you know that an agreement has now been reached with the General Practitioners Committee (GPC) on changes to the General Medical Services (GMS) contract for 2015/16. 

NHS Employers leads on the negotiations with the GPC and today’s announcement by the Secretary of State, sees the culmination of many months hard work by our negotiating team. 

The key changes for 2015/16 are:

  • All patients will have a named, accountable GP.
  • Practices will publish the average earnings of the GPs in their practice on their practice website.
  • Patients will have online access to detailed information in their patient record and there will be a larger proportion of appointments available to book online.
  • The value of a QOF point will be adjusted to take account of relative changes in practice list size, and planned changes in thresholds will be deferred for a year. Discussions around any clinical changes to QOF within the current QOF envelope will continue. 
  • The unplanned admissions enhanced service will continue with some minor changes, and the patient participation and alcohol enhanced services will cease with the money being transferred into core funding. It will be a contractual requirement for practices to provide these services. 

Decisions on any uplift to the 2015/16 GMS contract will be made following recommendations from the Doctors and Dentists Pay Review Body in early 2015.

Full details of the agreement can be found on the General Medical Services (GMS) section of our website. Updated contract documentation for 2015/16 will be published on our website at a later date. 

Best wishes 

Gill Bellord,
Director of employment relations and reward

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